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MASN TV rights dispute won't affect Orioles' All-Star Game bid, Bud Selig says

8:05 PM EDT, August 12, 2014

MASN TV rights dispute won't affect Orioles' All-Star Game bid, Bud Selig says

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig contends that the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network television rights dispute between the Orioles and the Washington Nationals can be resolved before he leaves office in January and that both Baltimore and Washington, D.C., are viable candidates to host an All-Star Game in the near future.

Orioles greats reminisce over franchise's 60 years, then turn attention toward 2014

8:13 PM EDT, August 8, 2014

Orioles greats reminisce over franchise's 60 years, then turn attention toward 2014

With 23 Orioles greats gathered Friday at Camden Yards for the franchise's 60th-anniversary celebration, there were plenty of stories told about the glory days. But there was also a sense that maybe, finally, more magical Orioles moments are coming.

Orioles offense again goes wild in 10-3 rout of Cardinals

10:00 PM EDT, August 9, 2014

Orioles offense again goes wild in 10-3 rout of Cardinals

The Orioles suddenly have an offense that is clubbing the ball, a pitching staff that is consistently limiting the opposition and a fan base that is packing the stadium, hooting and hollering throughout the game.

Orioles' Chris Davis working with hitting coaches to try to recapture 2013 magic

6:35 PM EDT, August 2, 2014

Orioles' Chris Davis working with hitting coaches to try to recapture 2013 magic

On the night the Orioles gave away "Crush Davis" action figures, first baseman Chris Davis was not in Saturday's starting lineup — in part because the Seattle Mariners started tough young left-hander James Paxton.

Under Dan Duquette, Orioles continue development of minor league system

7:54 PM EDT, August 4, 2014

Under Dan Duquette, Orioles continue development of minor league system

WASHINGTON — When the Orioles were discussing trades last month with various teams, they fielded requests targeting their top four pitching prospects: right-handers Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Hunter Harvey and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who they ultimately dealt Thursday to the Boston Red Sox for reliever Andrew Miller.

Yankees rookie deadens Orioles bats

9:22 PM EDT, July 12, 2014

YANKEES 3, ORIOLES 0

Yankees rookie deadens Orioles bats

The Orioles could have made a significant statement Saturday afternoon by beating the tumbling New York Yankees again and setting up a potential series sweep on national television Sunday night.

Tommy Hunter, Darren O'Day debate who's better at catching HRs in bullpen

8:14 PM EDT, June 15, 2014

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Tommy Hunter, Darren O'Day debate who's better at catching HRs in bullpen

Orioles right-handed relievers Darren O'Day and Tommy Hunter have been good friends for years. They even have vacationed together in the offseason.

Scouting director Gary Rajsich thinks Orioles 'hit the jackpot' with top 3 picks

9:20 PM EDT, June 12, 2014

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Scouting director Gary Rajsich thinks Orioles 'hit the jackpot' with top 3 picks

The Orioles were without first- and second-round draft picks this year, but that didn't stop Gary Rajsich, the club's director of scouting, from being excited about his new crop of players, including the three pitchers he introduced to the media and fans Thursday before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards.

Despite fans' criticism, Orioles' Adam Jones once again having All-Star year

11:04 PM EDT, July 14, 2014

Despite fans' criticism, Orioles' Adam Jones once again having All-Star year

There's a distinct dichotomy that surrounds Orioles center fielder Adam Jones in Baltimore.

Orioles' Johan Santana tears left Achilles tendon, out for 2014 season

8:42 PM EDT, June 6, 2014

Orioles' Johan Santana tears left Achilles tendon, out for 2014 season

The Orioles lost their primary starting-rotation insurance Friday afternoon when veteran left-hander Johan Santana tore his left Achilles tendon in Sarasota, Fla., ending his 2014 season.

Wei-Yin Chen struggles, former Oriole Erik Bedard shines in Rays' 5-4 win Saturday

9:43 PM EDT, June 28, 2014

Wei-Yin Chen struggles, former Oriole Erik Bedard shines in Rays' 5-4 win Saturday

Standing in the home clubhouse after the shortest outing of his career, Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen pondered why he has given up so many home runs lately, including three in a 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday afternoon.

Hosting baseball's All-Star Game in 2016 would boost the Orioles, city of Baltimore

7:50 PM EDT, June 3, 2014

Hosting baseball's All-Star Game in 2016 would boost the Orioles, city of Baltimore

When baseball commissioner Bud Selig said recently that Baltimore was a "very, very viable candidate" to host the 2016 All-Star Game at Camden Yards, those who have sought for the Midsummer Classic's return to the city for years received a boost to their hopes.

Catcher Nick Hundley 'really, really excited' to join the Orioles

7:42 PM EDT, May 25, 2014

Catcher Nick Hundley 'really, really excited' to join the Orioles

New Orioles catcher Nick Hundley arrived at Camden Yards on Sunday morning, happy to be a part of a contending club.

 Bud Norris is 'bummed out' to go to DL; Evan Meek, Kevin Gausman recalled

6:35 PM EDT, June 27, 2014

Bud Norris is 'bummed out' to go to DL; Evan Meek, Kevin Gausman recalled

Orioles right-hander Bud Norris said he was "a little bummed out" about being placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a right groin strain, but he understands the club is best served when he is fully healthy.

Buck Showalter raves about Dylan Bundy's latest rehab start in Aberdeen

9:03 PM EDT, June 22, 2014

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Buck Showalter raves about Dylan Bundy's latest rehab start in Aberdeen

NEW YORK — One of the first things Orioles manager Buck Showalter said to reporters during his pregame news conference Sunday afternoon was about right-hander Dylan Bundy's outing for short-season Single-A Aberdeen on Saturday.

Orioles' Brad Brach reflects on his four-inning performance vs. Pirates

8:23 PM EDT, May 22, 2014

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Orioles' Brad Brach reflects on his four-inning performance vs. Pirates

Right-handed reliever Brad Brach hadn't pitched four innings in a game since college, and he hadn't thrown more than two innings in a major league game in his career.

Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez prepares to face his former team for first time Saturday

8:46 PM EDT, May 21, 2014

Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez prepares to face his former team for first time Saturday

PITTSBURGH -- Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez said he'll study video for his next opponent, trying to analyze the hitters' tendencies to find weaknesses like he usually does before a start.

As Buck Showalter's right-hand man, John Russell helps Orioles in many ways

6:39 PM EDT, May 19, 2014

As Buck Showalter's right-hand man, John Russell helps Orioles in many ways

Orioles bench coach John Russell stands on the top dugout step, elbows resting on the padded railing in front of him. The tanned, rugged face of an eternal boy of summer is expressionless. His calculating eyes are masked by a pair of reflector sunglasses.

Steve Clevenger says he's 'going to do my best' to fill in for Matt Wieters

11:13 PM EDT, May 12, 2014

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Steve Clevenger says he's 'going to do my best' to fill in for Matt Wieters

Steve Clevenger said he's viewing the next few weeks simply: No pressure, no fanfare.

Orioles notebook: Flaherty wishes transfer rule change came sooner

11:25 PM EDT, April 25, 2014

Orioles notebook: Flaherty wishes transfer rule change came sooner

Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty says he's pleased that Major League Baseball announced Friday that it would revert to the old interpretation of a catch on a transfer play.

Despite past success with bat, Zach Britton unlikely to pinch-hit vs. Pirates

8:21 PM EDT, May 20, 2014

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Despite past success with bat, Zach Britton unlikely to pinch-hit vs. Pirates

PITTSBURGH — When the Orioles began to prepare for interleague play in National League ballparks, they had relief pitcher Zach Britton take batting practice with the starters.

With Chris Davis on DL, several roster decisions loom for Orioles

7:29 PM EDT, April 27, 2014

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With Chris Davis on DL, several roster decisions loom for Orioles

The Orioles already faced looming roster decisions before they officially placed first baseman Chris Davis on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals. And now the club's roster management is about to get trickier.

Markakis starts at 1B for third time in his career

10:39 PM EDT, April 26, 2014

Markakis starts at 1B for third time in his career

Despite making only two starts and playing three games at first base in his nine-season big league career, Nick Markakis said he enjoys playing first on occasion.

Peanut allergy links Orioles reliever Brian Matusz with young fan

6:53 PM EDT, April 17, 2014

Peanut allergy links Orioles reliever Brian Matusz with young fan

Orioles reliever Brian Matusz remembers laughing when he opened the piece of fan mail in Sarasota, Fla., last month.

Dylan Bundy could hit 'another level' Tuesday, Buck Showalter says

6:52 PM EDT, May 18, 2014

Dylan Bundy could hit 'another level' Tuesday, Buck Showalter says

Despite top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy being scheduled for just one inning Tuesday in extended spring training, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he'd "be surprised if you don't see another level gone to by him in that game. Just because the juices are flowing and somebody is trying to beat you."

Norris 'champing at the bit' for first start of season for slumping O's

6:57 PM EDT, April 4, 2014

Norris 'champing at the bit' for first start of season for slumping O's

DETROIT — Bud Norris had to wait longer than last year to make his first of the regular season, but now that it is here, he couldn't be more psyched.

Behind Wei-Yin Chen and decisive 7th inning, Orioles edge Astros, 4-3, for 4th straight victory

11:32 PM EDT, May 9, 2014

Behind Wei-Yin Chen and decisive 7th inning, Orioles edge Astros, 4-3, for 4th straight victory

It didn't happen immediately, but Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen slowly is emerging as the pitcher who excelled for the club in its surprising 2012 playoff run.

Left-hander Brian Matusz returns, pitches two-thirds of an inning in loss to Blue Jays

6:17 PM EDT, April 13, 2014

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Left-hander Brian Matusz returns, pitches two-thirds of an inning in loss to Blue Jays

Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was back in uniform Sunday morning and back on the mound later in the day.

Hitless Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty 'will be all right,' Presley says

7:03 PM EDT, April 5, 2014

Hitless Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty 'will be all right,' Presley says

DETROIT Orioles hitting coach Jim Presley made a point to talk to infielder Ryan Flaherty on Friday afternoon after watching Flaherty strike out three times against the Detroit Tigers.

Orioles, Ubaldo Jimenez hope they're perfect dance partners

6:42 PM EDT, April 1, 2014

Orioles, Ubaldo Jimenez hope they're perfect dance partners

Ubaldo Jimenez’s baseball career is well-documented. His ups and downs in the major leagues have been thoroughly dissected.

Orioles closer Tommy Hunter recovers to 'earn' save vs. the Red Sox

9:18 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

Orioles closer Tommy Hunter recovers to 'earn' save vs. the Red Sox

Eventually, new Orioles closer Tommy Hunter was going to get a big-boy, pressure-cooker, no-margin-for-error save opportunity — that's what happens when you pitch the ninth inning in the major leagues.

Outfielder Nelson Cruz trying to get settled in Baltimore

9:14 PM EDT, April 2, 2014

Outfielder Nelson Cruz trying to get settled in Baltimore

Nelson Cruz didn't exactly have a relaxing off day in his new city Tuesday — he spent most of the afternoon looking for a place to live.

Orioles left-hander Zach Britton shines in new role out of bullpen

8:23 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

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Orioles left-hander Zach Britton shines in new role out of bullpen

Left-hander Zach Britton was so pumped after throwing two scoreless innings Monday and picking up the win in the Orioles' 2-1 Opening Day victory against the Boston Red Sox that he talked after the game about how great it was to make his first major league relief appearance.

Orioles in win-now mode for 2014 as Davis, Wieters, Hardy near free agency

2:23 PM EDT, March 29, 2014

Orioles in win-now mode for 2014 as Davis, Wieters, Hardy near free agency

Leave it to Adam Jones to cut past any bromides about staying in the moment.

After record-setting year, Orioles' Chris Davis focused on team success

5:30 PM EDT, March 28, 2014

After record-setting year, Orioles' Chris Davis focused on team success

SARASOTA, Fla. — Amid one of the greatest offensive seasons in team history, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was already trying to temper expectations swirling around Chris Davis.

With Orioles' Jonathan Schoop and others, Curacao becoming baseball hotbed

10:17 PM EDT, March 25, 2014

With Orioles' Jonathan Schoop and others, Curacao becoming baseball hotbed

SARASOTA, Fla. — The scene played out on a sun-soaked afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium last week with Orioles manager Buck Showalter watching intently and chuckling.

Infielder Ryan Flaherty not taking anything for granted with Orioles

6:26 PM EDT, March 21, 2014

Infielder Ryan Flaherty not taking anything for granted with Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. — The way the Orioles' current roster is shaking out, infielder Ryan Flaherty seems assured of starting somewhere in the Opening Day lineup against the Boston Red Sox on March 31.

Long a weakness for Orioles, starting rotation full of potential this year

5:48 PM EDT, March 27, 2014

Long a weakness for Orioles, starting rotation full of potential this year

When Ubaldo Jimenez was about to sign the biggest free-agent deal for a pitcher in Orioles franchise history, he considered the rotation he was joining.

Bud Norris finishes a strong spring and will likely slot fourth or fifth in rotation

5:45 PM EDT, March 25, 2014

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Bud Norris finishes a strong spring and will likely slot fourth or fifth in rotation

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-hander Bud Norris has talked this spring about showing Orioles fans what he can do when he is healthy and pitching at the level he demands from himself.

In his third season, Wei-Yin Chen 'really important' for Orioles' success

6:53 PM EDT, March 19, 2014

In his third season, Wei-Yin Chen 'really important' for Orioles' success

SARASOTA, Fla. — Orioles manager Buck Showalter thinks it's unfair to dismiss Wei-Yin Chen's 2013 season as a disappointment.

Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to pitch in Triple-A game Monday

5:36 PM EDT, March 16, 2014

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Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to pitch in Triple-A game Monday

DUNEDIN, Fla. — The Orioles really want Ubaldo Jimenez to pitch enough innings this spring, and they aren't going to let the weather mess with his schedule.

As Orioles complete 2014 contracts, Manny Machado reiterates disappointment

5:56 PM EDT, March 11, 2014

As Orioles complete 2014 contracts, Manny Machado reiterates disappointment

SARASOTA, Fla. — The Orioles officially completed their contracts for the current 40-man roster Tuesday, leaving one key player frustrated while — potentially, anyway — creating time to focus on signing players beyond 2014.

Orioles infielder Jemile Weeks taking changes in stride

10:53 PM EDT, March 18, 2014

Orioles infielder Jemile Weeks taking changes in stride

In early December, Jemile Weeks' baseball career was thrown upside down.

Orioles' Jonathan Schoop comfortable with spot in second base competition

10:49 PM EDT, March 15, 2014

Orioles' Jonathan Schoop comfortable with spot in second base competition

SARASOTA, Fla. — When infielder Jonathan Schoop won the Orioles' Minor League Player of the Year award in September 2011, he traveled to Camden Yards to accept the honor.

With several recent pitching additions, Orioles rotation still evolving

9:56 PM EDT, March 9, 2014

With several recent pitching additions, Orioles rotation still evolving

SARASOTA, Fla. — If this winter has taught the Orioles, their staff and their players anything, it's that they need to be ready to adjust.

Orioles stilll pursuing free agents Kendrys Morales, Ervin Santana, sources say

7:32 PM EST, February 21, 2014

Orioles stilll pursuing free agents Kendrys Morales, Ervin Santana, sources say

SARASOTA, Fla. — The ink has only just dried on the Orioles' monumental four-year deal with starter Ubaldo Jimenez, but the club remains interested in acquiring at least one other big-ticket free agent.

Orioles head into FanFest with 'work to do,' and with excitement yet to build

8:05 AM EST, February 1, 2014

Orioles head into FanFest with 'work to do,' and with excitement yet to build

As the Orioles prepared for last year's annual FanFest, it didn't seem to matter that the club had made only under-the-radar alterations to its roster. The organization was coming off its first winning season and first postseason appearance since 1997.

Zach Britton OK after being hit by liner, has a chuckle about his brother

1:19 PM EST, March 6, 2014

Zach Britton OK after being hit by liner, has a chuckle about his brother

SARASOTA, Fla. — One true indicator of the seriousness of a baseball injury is how those in the dugout react when the potentially hurt player returns from the field.

At end of World Series, free agency begins -- technically

7:25 AM EDT, October 31, 2013

At end of World Series, free agency begins -- technically

With the last out of the World Series on Wednesday night, baseball's frenzied free agent period started. Well, at least technically.

Orioles didn't offer contracts to McLouth or Feldman

9:29 PM EST, December 6, 2013

Orioles didn't offer contracts to McLouth or Feldman

The Orioles added another reliever to their roster on Friday, but also learned that two members of the 2013 club have gone elsewhere, including fan favorite Nate McLouth.

Orioles decline Alexi Casilla's option for 2014, make other procedural moves

7:34 PM EST, November 4, 2013

Orioles decline Alexi Casilla's option for 2014, make other procedural moves

The Orioles made several roster management moves Monday, including officially declining the $3 million option for 2014 in infielder Alexi Casilla's contract, buying it out for $200,000.

Orioles send Zach Britton to Aberdeen after his rough start in Cleveland

8:04 PM EDT, September 5, 2013

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Orioles send Zach Britton to Aberdeen after his rough start in Cleveland

After lasting just 2 1/3 innings Wednesday in his first big league start since July, lefty Zach Britton's next appearance seemed tenuous.

Longtime 2B Brian Roberts says, 'in a lot of ways, [he] will always be an Oriole'

7:28 PM EST, January 27, 2014

Longtime 2B Brian Roberts says, 'in a lot of ways, [he] will always be an Oriole'

Despite the reality that he will not spend his entire career in Baltimore, former Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts said Monday that he believes his baseball-playing legacy will always be tied to his 13 seasons at Camden Yards.

As Adair, Orioles part ways, club eyes replacement pitching coach

6:41 PM EDT, October 18, 2013

As Adair, Orioles part ways, club eyes replacement pitching coach

Former Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair, who took a leave of absence in August for personal reasons and will not return to the club next season, said he's not sure whether he'll be in baseball in 2014.

Showalter makes it clear this September won't be a time for auditions

6:31 PM EDT, September 7, 2013

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Showalter makes it clear this September won't be a time for auditions

Often in the past 15 years, the Orioles have used September as a proving ground for the following season, experimenting with what they had in order to get a better idea of what they needed to fortify in the winter.

Orioles notebook: Tough decision on pending free-agent RHP Scott Feldman

6:45 PM EDT, September 22, 2013

Orioles notebook: Tough decision on pending free-agent RHP Scott Feldman

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – When the Orioles acquired right-hander Scott Feldman from the Chicago Cubs in early July, the rationale was obvious.

Duquette says Orioles could spend another $17 million before season

8:04 PM EST, January 22, 2014

Duquette says Orioles could spend another $17 million before season

The Orioles have money to spend — perhaps as much as $17 million for this upcoming season — and are still looking to do so, according to the club's top executive.

Gausman a reliever for now, but Orioles still view him as a starter in the future

8:44 PM EDT, August 28, 2013

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Gausman a reliever for now, but Orioles still view him as a starter in the future

BOSTON -- Right-hander Kevin Gausman is back with the Orioles for the third time this season, is again expected to fill a bullpen role — something he excelled at in his most recent stint in the big leagues.

9:15 PM EDT, September 27, 2013

Johnson will return to Orioles in 2014, Duquette says

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette was definitive Friday afternoon when asked whether closer Jim Johnson would be tendered a contract for 2014.

7:22 PM EDT, September 21, 2013

Orioles notebook: Tired O's wanted to play Saturday after 18-inning marathon

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A few minutes after 2 a.m. on Saturday morning, shortly after the Orioles lost the longest game, time-wise, in the franchise's history, manager Buck Showalter informally canvassed a few veterans to see whether they wanted to be in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.

Manny Machado's gem was one of the lasting moments of All-Star Game

8:55 PM EDT, July 17, 2013

Manny Machado's gem was one of the lasting moments of All-Star Game

NEW YORK — If the Orioles were trying to make a statement in Tuesday's All-Star Game that they deserve to be on the big stage, that they should be considered one of the sport's potential headliners, the moment they were seeking may have come in the seventh inning when Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt hit a bouncer down the third-base line.

Family, friends and fans remember Paul Blair, 'an Orioles classic'

7:13 PM EST, January 3, 2014

Family, friends and fans remember Paul Blair, 'an Orioles classic'

Weeks before he unexpectedly collapsed and died at a Pikesville bowling alley on Dec. 26, former Orioles great Paul Blair spent Thanksgiving with his mother in Southern California.

Orioles notebook: Tillman eyes 200 innings, Stinson unhittable since call-up

8:25 PM EDT, September 23, 2013

Orioles notebook: Tillman eyes 200 innings, Stinson unhittable since call-up

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – As is his laid-back Southern Californian nature, Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman has tried to avoid having the spotlight shine on him.

Michael Morse isn't stressing about his slow start at Camden Yards

9:55 PM EDT, September 11, 2013

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Michael Morse isn't stressing about his slow start at Camden Yards

Orioles outfielder Michael Morse was hitless in his three at-bats Wednesday night and is now 0-for-15 since singling in the second inning on Sept. 3 in Cleveland. He is 0-for-13 as an Oriole at Camden Yards.

Jason Hammel struggles again as Orioles fall, 7-3, to Blue Jays

9:22 PM EDT, July 13, 2013

Jason Hammel struggles again as Orioles fall, 7-3, to Blue Jays

After Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel completed his first half of the season with his fifth straight defeat in the Orioles' 7-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, manager Buck Showalter tried to positively spin the performance.

Chris Davis interested in participating in Home Run Derby

8:52 PM EDT, July 7, 2013

Chris Davis interested in participating in Home Run Derby

Now that Chris Davis is assured the starting spot at first base on the American League All-Star team, another obvious question is lingering.

Orioles notebook: Schoop gets start, Jones takes a seat

9:27 PM EDT, September 25, 2013

Orioles notebook: Schoop gets start, Jones takes a seat

Jonathan Schoop was hanging out at his locker Wednesday afternoon when Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who had been talking with shortstop J.J. Hardy nearby, pointed to Schoop and said, "You and J.J. today."

Orioles reliever Darren O'Day hopes to reverse troubling trend

7:14 PM EDT, August 25, 2013

Orioles reliever Darren O'Day hopes to reverse troubling trend

When Oakland A's switch-hitter Coco Crisp, batting left-handed in the ninth inning Saturday evening, lifted a Darren O'Day pitch over the right-field wall for a homer, it wasn't just an eventual game-winner.

After 20 years owning Orioles, Peter Angelos' legacy still evolving

11:59 PM EDT, August 1, 2013

After 20 years owning Orioles, Peter Angelos' legacy still evolving

When the Orioles were sold 20 years ago today for $173 million at a bankruptcy auction in New York City, the sense was that the cavalry had come to rescue its community treasure.

Orioles top draft picks Harvey, Hart are signed, eager to deliver

9:11 PM EDT, June 25, 2013

Orioles top draft picks Harvey, Hart are signed, eager to deliver

After answering media questions Tuesday with the aplomb and "ecstatic to be here" tone of seasoned pros, the Orioles' top two 2013 draft picks, North Carolina high school pitcher Hunter Harvey and Georgia prep outfielder Josh Hart, walked toward the hallway that leads to the Camden Yards field.

Buck Showalter believes the Orioles still have a long winning streak in them

8:40 PM EDT, September 6, 2013

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Buck Showalter believes the Orioles still have a long winning streak in them

With 22 games remaining after Friday night's, Orioles manager Buck Showalter is still thinking optimistically.

Dan Duquette feels the Orioles have the means for a trade, if the price is right

10:30 PM EDT, July 29, 2013

Dan Duquette feels the Orioles have the means for a trade, if the price is right

For the better part of this month, the Orioles have stayed under the national radar in their pursuit of roster improvement for the second half. They made pre-emptive strikes, adding starting pitcher Scott Feldman and reliever Francisco Rodriguez while many teams were still deciding whether to buy or sell.

Chris Davis set a home run goal before season — but he's not sharing it

9:28 PM EDT, July 18, 2013

Chris Davis set a home run goal before season — but he's not sharing it

Orioles slugging first baseman Chris Davis has already topped his personal record for most home runs in a big league season and tied the American League mark with 37 before the All-Star break.

With trade deadline in sight, Orioles focused on pitching

9:15 PM EDT, July 1, 2013

With trade deadline in sight, Orioles focused on pitching

With the Orioles entering July in second place in the American League East and tied with the Oakland A's for the top Wild Card spot, it's natural to look ahead to the end of the month and baseball's non-waiver trade deadline.

Catching-deep draft could help Orioles address a weakness in organization

8:19 PM EDT, June 3, 2013

ORIOLES 2013 DRAFT PREVIEW

Catching-deep draft could help Orioles address a weakness in organization

Because of the inherent riskiness of selecting high school and college kids often years away from playing on the big stage, baseball's annual amateur draft differs from the talent-selection process of other pro sports. In baseball, an organization's current need is rarely a focus. It's often about best player available — and, at times, the most willing to sign.

Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter escapes without serious injury

7:27 PM EDT, May 27, 2013

Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter escapes without serious injury

There was some real concern after Sunday's game in Toronto when right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter grabbed a hard comebacker with his pitching hand.

Most draft picks in top 40 since 2006 means more work for Orioles' scouting staff

7:05 PM EDT, June 2, 2013

Most draft picks in top 40 since 2006 means more work for Orioles' scouting staff

When the Orioles make the 22nd pick overall in baseball's annual amateur draft Thursday night, it will be the latest they have had to wait in the first round since 1998.

Orioles' five All-Stars settle in for their national close-up

8:12 PM EDT, July 15, 2013

Orioles' five All-Stars settle in for their national close-up

NEW YORK — Along the far side of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field on Monday afternoon, there was a scene that hasn't occurred at the All-Star Game in years: A full-fledged Orioles row.

How does Manny Machado compare with some of baseball's young phenoms?

8:22 PM EDT, May 13, 2013

How does Manny Machado compare with some of baseball's young phenoms?

When he charges onto the infield grass, makes that barehanded pickup and throws a rocket to first, Manny Machado reminds Orioles fans of a superstar third baseman of yesteryear.

Revisiting preseason predictions from Orioles Insiders

6:05 AM EDT, May 13, 2013

Revisiting preseason predictions from Orioles Insiders

Right before the season started, Ed Encina. Pete Schmuck and I put together our predictions for the team. We published half of those prognostications before Opening Day.

Flaherty's confidence at the plate coming back

10:02 PM EDT, May 30, 2013

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Flaherty's confidence at the plate coming back

Through the first two months of the Orioles' season, second baseman Ryan Flaherty's reputation hinged much more on his glove than his bat.

Despite two errors Wednesday, Orioles have best defense in the majors

5:45 PM EDT, June 12, 2013

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Despite two errors Wednesday, Orioles have best defense in the majors

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said there is a simple key to competing with the slugging teams of the American League, clubs that seemingly can score at will: Play excellent defense.

Manny Machado recounts his recent first meeting with Brooks Robinson

6:07 PM EDT, April 27, 2013

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Manny Machado recounts his recent first meeting with Brooks Robinson

OAKLAND, Calif. — A week ago, Manny Machado was about to head onto the field from the dugout at Camden Yards when someone yelled out to him, "Hey Manny."

Long flight west was worth the wait for Orioles call-up Zach Clark

10:45 PM EDT, May 1, 2013

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Long flight west was worth the wait for Orioles call-up Zach Clark

SEATTLE — As a veteran of eight minor league seasons, right-hander Zach Clark has endured plenty of excruciating bus rides during his career.

Tommy Hunter says 'pretty good game plan' has led to his recent success

7:42 PM EDT, May 11, 2013

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Tommy Hunter says 'pretty good game plan' has led to his recent success

MINNEAPOLIS — There are no secrets as far as Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter is concerned.

Orioles grieve the death of renowned surgeon Lewis Yocum

9:05 PM EDT, May 28, 2013

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Orioles grieve the death of renowned surgeon Lewis Yocum

WASHINGTON — In baseball circles, especially among pitchers, a visit to Los Angeles Angels team doctor and renowned orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum was often seen as a prelude to surgery and a lengthy disabled list stint.

Zach Britton prepared to make first MLB start of season vs. Mariners

9:15 PM EDT, April 28, 2013

Zach Britton prepared to make first MLB start of season vs. Mariners

Zach Britton had been wondering for four days whether he'd get into a big league game against the Oakland A's.

Zach Britton sent back to Triple-A Norfolk in Orioles' roster shuffle

10:46 PM EDT, April 30, 2013

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Zach Britton sent back to Triple-A Norfolk in Orioles' roster shuffle

SEATTLE — Orioles left-hander Zach Britton was hoping to get more than one start to show the organization that he had regained the form that made him one of the club's most promising pitchers a few years ago.

Armed with improved sinker, Zach Britton ready to contribute

10:30 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

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Armed with improved sinker, Zach Britton ready to contribute

OAKLAND, Calif. — When Zach Britton left the Orioles in March, he felt like he wasn't in a situation in which he could succeed in the majors.

Buck Showalter set to put his friendship with Don Mattingly on hold

8:55 PM EDT, April 18, 2013

Buck Showalter set to put his friendship with Don Mattingly on hold

On occasion, Orioles manager Buck Showalter will wax poetic about certain baseball subjects as if he were sitting on a country porch, telling stories and sipping lemonade.

Robert Andino has fond memory of Orioles — even after they traded him to 'Alaska'

9:26 PM EDT, April 30, 2013

Robert Andino has fond memory of Orioles — even after they traded him to 'Alaska'

SEATTLE — Playing against the Orioles has to be viewed as just another game, Seattle Mariners infielder Robert Andino said before the teams' three-game series at Safeco Field kicked off.

Orioles Military Appreciation Program elicits strong emotions from Buck Showalter

8:15 PM EDT, April 21, 2013

Orioles Military Appreciation Program elicits strong emotions from Buck Showalter

After Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Orioles manager Buck Showalter spoke of the importance of keeping emotions in check in reference to his struggling starter, Jake Arrieta.

Wieters leads crackdown on stolen bases this season

11:01 PM EDT, April 19, 2013

Wieters leads crackdown on stolen bases this season

When Orioles catcher Matt Wieters threw out Tampa Bay's speedy center fielder Desmond Jennings trying to steal second base in the ninth inning Thursday night, it wasn't just an important play in a game the Orioles eventually won in 10 innings.

Adam Jones on defensive miscues: 'I've got to clean it up'

9:55 PM EDT, April 26, 2013

Adam Jones on defensive miscues: 'I've got to clean it up'

OAKLAND, Calif. — When Orioles center fielder Adam Jones came off the Oakland Coliseum field after the bottom of second inning Thursday, he threw his glove dejectedly into the dugout and then made a pronouncement: "I'm going to pick us up. I got it."

Dan Duquette says his Montreal Expos were 'Moneyball 1'

7:00 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

Dan Duquette says his Montreal Expos were 'Moneyball 1'

OAKLAND, Calif. — Before Michael Lewis' book "Moneyball" hit the best sellers list and before Brad Pitt brought Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane to the big screen in the Academy Award-nominated film of the same name, the concept of building a small-market club through shrewd acquisitions, farm system strengthening and an obsession with on-base percentage had already been featured north of the border.

Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez won't start in Boston

7:22 PM EDT, April 7, 2013

Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez won't start in Boston

Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez probably delivered the sharpest outing during the first spin through the Orioles starting rotation, but he will not pitch in the three-game series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. His regular turn would have come Tuesday, which is an off day after Boston's home opener Monday. So he'll be skipped initially and pitch at some point in the New York series next weekend.

Notebook: Machado mans right field in pull shift vs. Rays

9:53 PM EDT, April 3, 2013

Notebook: Machado mans right field in pull shift vs. Rays

Orioles manager Buck Showalter unveiled a pull shift on a pair of left-handed hitters in Tuesday's regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays, placing third baseman Manny Machado in shallow right field.

Orioles reporters offer 10 random predictions for 2013 season

2:12 PM EDT, April 2, 2013

Orioles reporters offer 10 random predictions for 2013 season

Two years ago, when the Orioles opened at Tropicana Field, Peter Schmuck, Jeff Zrebiec and I went to an Italian restaurant in Tampa the night before the opener.

Steve Pearce's slow start has come against a deck of aces

8:00 PM EDT, April 18, 2013

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Steve Pearce's slow start has come against a deck of aces

Orioles designated hitter Steve Pearce entered Thursday night hitless in his first 13 at-bats this season.

Chris Davis says he's not proud of bat-snapping exhibition

9:11 PM EDT, April 17, 2013

Chris Davis says he's not proud of bat-snapping exhibition

Unearned run sinks the Orioles in 6-5 loss to the Twins

11:57 PM EDT, April 6, 2013

Unearned run sinks the Orioles in 6-5 loss to the Twins

For the first four games of this season, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis had been on a historic offensive run, one that put him on the precipice of doing something no other big league ballplayer had ever done.

During red-hot streak, Chris Davis reflects on the cold spells

10:25 PM EDT, April 5, 2013

During red-hot streak, Chris Davis reflects on the cold spells

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has been here before, with fans screaming his name and his teammates shaking their heads at his latest incredible power display.

Brian Matusz will start in Orioles' bullpen, but he's still an option to start

5:55 PM EDT, March 30, 2013

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Brian Matusz will start in Orioles' bullpen, but he's still an option to start

SARASOTA, Fla. — Even though left-hander Brian Matusz will open the season pitching out of the Orioles' bullpen, where he flourished in the final five weeks of the season, manager Buck Showalter said he still sees Matusz as an option to start.

Taste of winning only leaves the Orioles yearning for more

9:50 PM EDT, April 4, 2013

Taste of winning only leaves the Orioles yearning for more

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — From the moment manager Buck Showalter took over the club in August 2010, there was talk about how he needed to change the culture of losing that permeated everything Orioles.

Jason Hammel's 'bad day' enough to earn him his first win at Tropicana Field

9:42 PM EDT, April 2, 2013

Jason Hammel's 'bad day' enough to earn him his first win at Tropicana Field

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — In his first opportunity as an Opening Day starter, Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel allowed just three hits and three runs in six innings and picked up his first victory in 32 outings at his old home, Tropicana Field.

Orioles expect to get the 'really good' version of Nate McLouth

9:00 PM EDT, March 19, 2013

Orioles expect to get the 'really good' version of Nate McLouth

SARASOTA, Fla. — When outfielder Nate McLouth joined the Orioles from Triple-A last August, he was just another one of executive vice president Dan Duquette's attempted reclamation projects.

Q&A with Jake Arrieta

9:40 PM EDT, March 28, 2013

Q&A with Jake Arrieta

SARASOTA, Fla. — This time last year, right-hander Jake Arrieta was as excited as he had ever been about his professional career. At 26, he was about to be make his first Opening Day start for the Orioles, the only organization he had ever known.

Lefty T.J. McFarland is forcing the Orioles into a tough decision

11:32 PM EDT, March 26, 2013

Lefty T.J. McFarland is forcing the Orioles into a tough decision

SARASOTA, Fla. — Standing on the mound at Ed Smith Stadium on Monday afternoon, with 30 mph winds swirling around him and ESPN cameras capturing his every move, Orioles left-hander T.J. McFarland was the perfect picture of calm.

O's and their opponents prepared for a 'five-horse race' in the AL East

7:42 PM EDT, March 31, 2013

O's and their opponents prepared for a 'five-horse race' in the AL East

SARASOTA, Fla. — For most of the past two decades, the American League East has been considered the toughest division in baseball, primarily because it contained the sport's two financial behemoths, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

Brian Roberts and Nolan Reimold deliver in their returns from injury

8:25 PM EDT, April 2, 2013

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Brian Roberts and Nolan Reimold deliver in their returns from injury

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As the Orioles plugged through this offseason without adding a premium bat to the lineup, club officials kept saying that a needed offensive boost could come from two players already on the 40-man roster, two guys who had combined to play in just 33 games in 2012.

Zach Britton's rotation chances take a hit with bad outing

6:50 PM EDT, March 20, 2013

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Zach Britton's rotation chances take a hit with bad outing

SARASOTA, Fla. — Although the Orioles aren't making any proclamations about their rotation with Opening Day looming in less than two weeks, Zach Britton's chances of going north with the club seemingly took a hit Wednesday as he failed to get out of the second inning in a Grapefruit League start against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Believe it or not, Brian Roberts healthy and playing well for O's this spring

7:36 PM EDT, March 11, 2013

Believe it or not, Brian Roberts healthy and playing well for O's this spring

— In three weeks the Orioles will take the field against the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Brian Roberts is expected to be starting at second base.

Ryan Flaherty staking claim for Orioles roster spot

7:26 PM EDT, March 10, 2013

Ryan Flaherty staking claim for Orioles roster spot

There aren't a whole lot of roster questions revolving around the Orioles' 25-man roster, but one of the more intriguing ones is whether Ryan Flaherty will go north for the second consecutive year.

Bouncing back, Bundy continues to develop

9:32 PM EDT, March 14, 2013

Bouncing back, Bundy continues to develop

SARASOTA, Fla — If anything, there were only whispers. Nothing damning, nothing loud.

Orioles notes: Some good, some bad for Steve Johnson vs. Tampa Bay

6:58 PM EDT, March 22, 2013

Orioles notes: Some good, some bad for Steve Johnson vs. Tampa Bay

For three of the four innings he pitched Friday, right-hander Steve Johnson showed why he remains in consideration to be the Orioles' fifth starter.

Matt Wieters says he'd be interested in staying with Orioles long-term

10:26 PM EST, January 16, 2013

Matt Wieters says he'd be interested in staying with Orioles long-term

With center fielder Adam Jones signing an extension last summer and Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette getting their contracts extended through the 2018 season, the club's most intriguing lock-down target is now catcher Matt Wieters.

Orioles head into free agency in a different position from previous years

7:52 PM EDT, November 2, 2012

Orioles head into free agency in a different position from previous years

The Orioles head into free agency — which starts in earnest Saturday with free agents permitted to negotiate with all 30 teams for the first time this offseason — in a much different situation than this time last year.

Jair Jurrjens' last audition cut short by comebacker

11:05 PM EDT, March 27, 2013

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Jair Jurrjens' last audition cut short by comebacker

SARASOTA, Fla. — Right-hander Jair Jurrjens was hoping to show the Orioles once more what he can do on the mound before the club makes its final roster decisions.

Steve Johnson and his 'Invisiball' forcing the Orioles to take notice

9:40 PM EDT, March 21, 2013

Steve Johnson and his 'Invisiball' forcing the Orioles to take notice

SARASOTA, Fla. — Earlier this spring, an Orioles official was talking causally about the competition for the fifth starter's spot. He mentioned Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton, Brian Matusz, Jair Jurrjens.

6:31 PM EDT, October 12, 2012

Yankees leave A-Rod out of lineup for Game 5 vs. Orioles

NEW YORK — The big news coming before Game 5 of the American League Division Series on Friday afternoon was that New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi had benched their most expensive player, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, due to Rodriguez's continued struggles at the plate.

No matter his role, Tommy Hunter wants to stay with Orioles

3:58 PM EDT, March 10, 2013

No matter his role, Tommy Hunter wants to stay with Orioles

Tommy Hunter, the Orioles' affable and outspoken right-hander, has a simple plea for team management as it begins to craft the 2013 roster.

Orioles news, notes and observations on Nate McLouth, Lew Ford and more

10:23 PM EST, November 9, 2012

Orioles news, notes and observations on Nate McLouth, Lew Ford and more

Despite national reports linking them with big-ticket left fielders that appear to be out of the club's financial comfort zone, the Orioles continue to pursue Nate McLouth, who seized the starting job last August and emerged as the team's hottest hitter in the postseason.

Jason Hammel did his job, keeping Orioles in Game 1 of ALDS

1:48 AM EDT, October 8, 2012

Jason Hammel did his job, keeping Orioles in Game 1 of ALDS

Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel had waited nearly a month to pitch in a game. It had been almost three years since he had last started in the postseason.

6:24 PM EDT, March 11, 2013

Believe it or not, Brian Roberts healthy and playing well for O's this spring

— In three weeks the Orioles will take the field against the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Brian Roberts is expected to be starting at second base.

The Orioles and their fans pay homage to Earl Weaver

6:58 PM EST, January 19, 2013

The Orioles and their fans pay homage to Earl Weaver

Kayleen Reese walked slowly into the garden just beyond center field at Camden Yards on Saturday afternoon, attempting to explain to her son exactly who, and what, the statue in front of them represented.

Plenty of rumors but little action for Orioles at first day of winter meetings

10:36 PM EST, December 3, 2012

Plenty of rumors but little action for Orioles at first day of winter meetings

In what has become somewhat of a tradition in the first full day of baseball's winter meetings — both for the Orioles and the league as a whole — plenty of rumors swirled around the massive hallways and lobbies of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel on Monday but little news surfaced.

O's notes: Showalter picks Hunter for ALDS roster; Steve Johnson left off

9:01 PM EDT, October 7, 2012

O's notes: Showalter picks Hunter for ALDS roster; Steve Johnson left off

Faced with the task of adding four starting pitchers to the American League Division Series roster that were excluded from the one-game wild-card team, Orioles manager Buck Showalter decided to go with Tommy Hunter's experience in the postseason and as a reliever over three other young pitchers who were available to play Friday in Texas.

Notes: Showalter empathizes with Girardi, whose father died Saturday

9:02 PM EDT, October 11, 2012

Notes: Showalter empathizes with Girardi, whose father died Saturday

NEW YORK — Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't know exactly what his New York counterpart, Yankees manager Joe Girardi, was going through Thursday after the death of Girardi's father became public.

Orioles considering options in the outfield

10:38 PM EST, December 4, 2012

Orioles considering options in the outfield

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Orioles are pushing to add another outfielder, and if they can't re-sign free agent left fielder Nate McLouth, they are trolling for other options, including former New York Yankees first baseman-outfielder Nick Swisher and former Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Nate Schierholtz.

3 key relievers get some work vs. Spain's WBC team

7:04 PM EST, March 6, 2013

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3 key relievers get some work vs. Spain's WBC team

SARASOTA, Fla. — In an otherwise meaningless exhibition against an obviously undermanned Spain World Baseball Classic team, Orioles manager Buck Showalter accomplished something important Wednesday afternoon.

Sixteen years later, Jeffrey Maier revisits infamous moment in Yankee Stadium

5:44 PM EDT, October 9, 2012

Sixteen years later, Jeffrey Maier revisits infamous moment in Yankee Stadium

The most despised child in the history of Baltimore sports is all grown up.

Manny Machado's fifth-inning homer had plenty of historical significance

10:24 PM EDT, October 10, 2012

Manny Machado's fifth-inning homer had plenty of historical significance

NEW YORK — Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has said repeatedly that he is just soaking up the playoff atmosphere, trying to have fun and not do too much. He's here to do what he can to contribute, not be a savior.

Former Orioles president Andy MacPhail is happy for team, 'sad I'm not part of the special season'

1:00 AM EDT, October 4, 2012

Former Orioles president Andy MacPhail is happy for team, 'sad I'm not part of the special season'

Before former club president Andy MacPhail discusses how he personally feels about the Orioles' playoff run this season, a year after he stepped down from his post, he rattles off a checklist.

Orioles closer Jim Johnson reaches 50-save milestone in win over Red Sox

7:07 PM EDT, September 30, 2012

Orioles closer Jim Johnson reaches 50-save milestone in win over Red Sox

Orioles closer Jim Johnson has been exceptionally predictable this season: He almost always shuts the door on the opposition, and he always shuts down the questioning after a game when the attention drifts toward him.

Saunders pitches well again in must-win game for Orioles

1:04 AM EDT, October 12, 2012

Saunders pitches well again in must-win game for Orioles

When the Orioles traded reliever Matt Lindstrom to the Arizona Diamondbacks in late August for veteran lefty Joe Saunders, the Orioles were dealing a surplus bullpen arm for needed playoff experience.

Orioles notes: Chris Davis gets his first taste of postseason against former team

8:50 PM EDT, October 4, 2012

Orioles notes: Chris Davis gets his first taste of postseason against former team

ARLINGTON, Texas — Chris Davis was on the roster of two Texas Rangers teams that eventually went to the World Series.

Joe Saunders proves doubters wrong, leads Orioles to win

12:21 AM EDT, October 6, 2012

Joe Saunders proves doubters wrong, leads Orioles to win

— Left-hander Joe Saunders was not the popular choice to get the Orioles' first postseason start in 15 years and to try and guide the club back to Baltimore for its first home playoff contest since Game 6 of the 1997 American League Championship Series.

Adam Jones wins Most Valuable Oriole for second straight year

6:14 PM EDT, September 30, 2012

Adam Jones wins Most Valuable Oriole for second straight year

For the second consecutive year, center fielder Adam Jones was named Most Valuable Oriole — an award he said should go to the entire roster of this upstart club.

Nate McLouth has found success by just being Nate McLouth

10:33 PM EDT, September 29, 2012

Nate McLouth has found success by just being Nate McLouth

Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson had seen enough.

O's notes: Strop says his struggles have nothing to do with fatigue

9:14 PM EDT, September 19, 2012

O's notes: Strop says his struggles have nothing to do with fatigue

SEATTLE — Orioles set-up man Pedro Strop, who was supremely effective for most of this season, has struggled with his command for a few weeks, leading to speculation that he's getting worn down by the grind and spotlight of a major league season.

Orioles fans do whatever it takes to watch their team play in postseason

9:02 PM EDT, October 5, 2012

Orioles fans do whatever it takes to watch their team play in postseason

ARLINGTON, Texas — Greg Knox was shirtless, with his chest painted orange and black, the last time the Orioles were in a playoff game, the finale of the 1997 American League Championship Series.

Is lack of postseason experience good or bad for Orioles?

5:53 PM EDT, September 27, 2012

Is lack of postseason experience good or bad for Orioles?

When the playoff microscope gets rolled out next week and experts begin to dissect the Orioles — assuming they hold on to at least an American League wild-card spot — one of the primary criticisms is going to be the club's overall lack of postseason experience.

Dylan Bundy gets a chance to realize his dream

10:33 PM EDT, September 19, 2012

Dylan Bundy gets a chance to realize his dream

SEATTLE — Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy was asleep in his hotel room in Sarasota, Fla., at 3:45 a.m. Wednesday when his roommate told him that Brian Graham, the Orioles' minor league instruction coordinator, was on the phone.

Young Orioles pitchers make smooth transitions to bullpen

9:29 PM EDT, September 16, 2012

Young Orioles pitchers make smooth transitions to bullpen

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he didn't go old school by design. It was purely by necessity and circumstance that four of his young, inexperienced starters have ended up in the bullpen in September.

Orioles' Jim Johnson, Rays' Fernando Rodney show importance of closers

6:24 PM EDT, September 10, 2012

Orioles' Jim Johnson, Rays' Fernando Rodney show importance of closers

When the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game series Tuesday at Camden Yards, the two most effective relievers in the American League will be in uniform.

Steve Johnson makes the most of spot start with 5 scoreless innings

9:04 PM EDT, September 24, 2012

Steve Johnson makes the most of spot start with 5 scoreless innings

Rookie Steve Johnson hadn't started a game in almost a month when he took the mound in the first game of Monday's doubleheader.

Orioles notes: L.J. Hoes has dedicated his standout season to his late grandfather

8:06 PM EDT, September 24, 2012

Orioles notes: L.J. Hoes has dedicated his standout season to his late grandfather

Outfielder L.J. Hoes is expected to be announced Tuesday as this year's winner of the Brooks Robinson Award for the best season by an Orioles minor league hitter.

Orioles' Chris Davis 'looking forward to playing defense again'

6:51 PM EDT, September 9, 2012

Orioles' Chris Davis 'looking forward to playing defense again'

Chris Davis is well aware of how his offensive numbers plummeted when he played right field in June and July.

Playing in Texas has become a homecoming for Orioles

9:35 PM EDT, August 21, 2012

Playing in Texas has become a homecoming for Orioles

ARLINGTON, Texas — A couple of wisecracking Orioles couldn't help themselves when they watched Tommy Hunter against the dugout railing shaking hands with members of the Texas media or Chris Davis and Omar Quintanilla chatting with Rangers fans in the stands.

With Thome out, Chris Davis settling in as Orioles' primary DH

9:02 PM EDT, August 7, 2012

With Thome out, Chris Davis settling in as Orioles' primary DH

Admittedly, Chris Davis is not really a fan of being a designated hitter. But he is a fan of playing regularly.

Dan Duquette says Orioles have what it takes to win the division

10:45 PM EDT, September 18, 2012

Dan Duquette says Orioles have what it takes to win the division

SEATTLE — Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette never revealed his specific expectations for the season when it began in April.

Series showcases the AL's top managers, but they don't look at it that way

10:10 PM EDT, September 15, 2012

Series showcases the AL's top managers, but they don't look at it that way

OAKLAND — Neither the Orioles nor the Oakland A's — the two biggest surprises in baseball this September — have a roster conducive to landing postseason awards.

Orioles fall short in comeback against the Yankees

12:11 AM EDT, September 8, 2012

Orioles fall short in comeback against the Yankees

One night after rejuvenating a skeptical but eager fan base with an exhilarating victory against the bullies of the American League East, the Orioles took on the New York Yankees again at a rocking Camden Yards on Friday night.

Who's the Orioles' MVP? There's no shortage of candidates

10:53 PM EDT, September 14, 2012

Who's the Orioles' MVP? There's no shortage of candidates

OAKLAND — Orioles manager Buck Showalter likes to say his 2012 Orioles are a "sum of the parts" team, one that doesn't have anyone that really stands out, but plenty of players that help the club win.

Notes: Orioles call up L.J. Hoes from his home in Mitchellville

9:10 PM EDT, September 11, 2012

Notes: Orioles call up L.J. Hoes from his home in Mitchellville

L.J. Hoes was at home in Mitchellville watching a Tom Selleck baseball flick Tuesday around noon when his phone rang.

Orioles notes: Machado has made playing third base seem like second nature

5:06 PM EDT, August 30, 2012

Orioles notes: Machado has made playing third base seem like second nature

Since being called up Aug. 9, rookie Manny Machado has started each of the Orioles' last 19 games — all at third base.

Orioles likely to sign veteran left-hander Randy Wolf

9:24 PM EDT, August 28, 2012

Orioles likely to sign veteran left-hander Randy Wolf

In their continuing pursuit to bolster an upstart club heading into a September pennant push, the Orioles are prepared to sign veteran left-hander Randy Wolf, who was released last week by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Orioles notes: Steve Pearce's eventful year continues with Yankees

7:09 PM EDT, September 8, 2012

Orioles notes: Steve Pearce's eventful year continues with Yankees

Steve Pearce has a wish for his old Orioles teammates.

Orioles notes: Lindstrom likely to be activated Wednesday

9:00 PM EDT, June 26, 2012

Orioles notes: Lindstrom likely to be activated Wednesday

Orioles reliever Matt Lindstrom has to wait one more day to come off the disabled list as the club reshuffles its pitching staff.

Orioles designate reliever Kevin Gregg for assignment

8:03 PM EDT, September 11, 2012

Orioles designate reliever Kevin Gregg for assignment

Kevin Gregg, the hulking, bespectacled reliever who endeared himself to teammates for his brotherly advice and refusal to back down to the opposition — but drew the ire of fans for his ineffectiveness as a well-paid closer — was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

Neck injury to keep Thome sidelined through August

8:21 PM EDT, August 6, 2012

Neck injury to keep Thome sidelined through August

Designated hitter Jim Thome, who originally thought he'd be out just a few days with neck spasms, will now be lost at least until September with a herniated disk in his neck.

Orioles notes: Arrieta consulted sports psychologist to get back on track

10:00 PM EDT, September 6, 2012

Orioles notes: Arrieta consulted sports psychologist to get back on track

Jake Arrieta said it really hit him after a terrible outing against Triple-A Gwinnett on Aug. 7, in which he allowed five earned runs and lasted just 3 2/3 innings.

Thome remains mum on his chances of catching Griffey Jr. on home run list

8:05 PM EDT, July 22, 2012

Thome remains mum on his chances of catching Griffey Jr. on home run list

CLEVELAND — Orioles designated hitter Jim Thome hasn't decided how much longer he wants to play, but he has a legitimate chance to catch an old teammate and friend on one of the most noteworthy lists in baseball history if he sticks around a little.

Hunter gives up two home runs in Orioles' 6-1 loss to Athletics

11:59 PM EDT, July 28, 2012

Hunter gives up two home runs in Orioles' 6-1 loss to Athletics

Even when things have been going well for Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter, he's had difficulty keeping the ball in the park.

First and forceful: Markakis' numbers have soared since he moved to leadoff spot

8:15 PM EDT, August 23, 2012

First and forceful: Markakis' numbers have soared since he moved to leadoff spot

It's not that Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis was opposed to batting leadoff.

Orioles' search for corner infielder could lead to Marlins' Ramirez

9:43 PM EDT, July 24, 2012

Orioles' search for corner infielder could lead to Marlins' Ramirez

The Orioles are trolling for a corner infielder who can get on base, and the Miami Marlins are apparently considering dealing three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez, who owns a .374 career on-base percentage and switched from shortstop to third base this year.

Trouble on the mound continues for the Orioles

7:48 PM EDT, June 30, 2012

Trouble on the mound continues for the Orioles

On a steamy, late June afternoon in which the greatest manager in club history was immortalized with a statue at Camden Yards, the Orioles blasted anEarl Weaver-special three-run homer and witnessed a brief managerial tirade.

Orioles agree to terms with three more top-7 draft picks

9:52 PM EDT, June 29, 2012

Orioles agree to terms with three more top-7 draft picks

The Orioles have agreed in principle with three of their top seven draft picks, including second-rounder Branden Kline, a right-hander who just finished his junior year at Virginia after graduating from Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick.

Notes: Orioles trade for Quintanilla, lose Bergesen to Arizona

11:10 PM EDT, July 20, 2012

Notes: Orioles trade for Quintanilla, lose Bergesen to Arizona

CLEVELAND — The Orioles may have found a defensive stopgap for second base Friday, and they officially cut ties with a pitcher once expected to be part of the franchise's future.

Orioles notes: Markakis finds his home a lonely place during a road trip

9:26 PM EDT, June 8, 2012

Orioles notes: Markakis finds his home a lonely place during a road trip

Having never been on the disabled list in his career, Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis is finding it's almost as painful being away from the team as it is dealing with hamate bone surgery.

Jason Hammel to miss at least a month after surgery

6:42 PM EDT, July 15, 2012

Jason Hammel to miss at least a month after surgery

The Orioles will be without their top starting pitcher for at least a month now that right-hander Jason Hammel has decided to have loose cartilage surgically removed from his right knee.

Sore wrists could keep Jones out of Home Run Derby

6:58 PM EDT, June 30, 2012

Sore wrists could keep Jones out of Home Run Derby

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones would love to be part of the Home Run Derby on July 9 in Kansas City, the day beforeMajor League Baseball'sAll-Star Game.

Statistically, Orioles don't look like contenders — but there are moves to be made

6:48 PM EDT, July 12, 2012

Statistically, Orioles don't look like contenders — but there are moves to be made

No sport lends itself more to comparative statistical analysis than major league baseball.

Orioles notes: Avery called up as Nick Johnson goes on DL

8:50 PM EDT, June 28, 2012

Orioles notes: Avery called up as Nick Johnson goes on DL

Finally, the Orioles have another outfielder in the outfield.

O's notes: Nolan Reimold will have neck surgery, could miss rest of season

9:40 PM EDT, June 22, 2012

O's notes: Nolan Reimold will have neck surgery, could miss rest of season

Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold will have surgery to remove a bulging disk in his neck and have his spine fused Monday morning. And although he holds out hope he could return by the end of the season, Reimold likely will be out for the rest of the year.

Red Sox rock Brian Matusz in 7-0 win

11:37 PM EDT, June 7, 2012

Red Sox rock Brian Matusz in 7-0 win

-- Heading into Thursday night, Orioles left-hander Brian Matuszhad strung together four quality starts and, gradually, was putting to rest concerns that he had lost the form that once made him the organization’s most promising pitcher.

Orioles happy with progress in draft

8:32 PM EDT, June 7, 2012

Orioles happy with progress in draft

-- Orioles new scouting director Gary Rajsich said his goals heading into his first draft were simple: Get a couple top pitchers and then assemble a strong mix of players with differing skills.

Orioles notes: Hammel has fluid drained from his knee but will pitch Friday

5:24 PM EDT, May 23, 2012

Orioles notes: Hammel has fluid drained from his knee but will pitch Friday

Right-hander Jason Hammel had fluid drained from his sore right knee this week and says he believes he is improving — certainly enough to make Friday's scheduled start and stay on the active roster.

Orioles notes: Andino and Roberts expected to coexist well

9:14 PM EDT, June 12, 2012

Orioles notes: Andino and Roberts expected to coexist well

Robert Andino, who has played second base in 56 of the Orioles' first 60 games, was out of the lineup Tuesday, as Brian Roberts returned from the 60-day disabled list. And Andino said he's OK if he's no longer the starter there.

Orioles notes: Markakis hopes to swing Friday; return next week

8:21 PM EDT, June 18, 2012

Orioles notes: Markakis hopes to swing Friday; return next week

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, who had surgery June 1 for a broken hamate bone in his right wrist, said he is listening to medical orders and will not swing a bat until he gets back to Baltimore on Friday, which will mark the three-week mark.

Arrieta strikes out 9 in spot start as Orioles beat Pirates, 7-1

11:41 PM EDT, June 13, 2012

Arrieta strikes out 9 in spot start as Orioles beat Pirates, 7-1

For one brief moment Wednesday while fielding questions in front of his locker after the Orioles' 7-1 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates, right-hander Jake Arrieta allowed his tough-guy, super-competitive guard down.

Orioles notebook: Wieters advises Nationals' Harper to 'just be himself'

8:45 PM EDT, May 19, 2012

Orioles notebook: Wieters advises Nationals' Harper to 'just be himself'

There's probably no position player in major league baseball — maybe ever — who can truly understand the hype that Washington Nationals 19-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper has encountered on a daily basis.

9:23 PM EDT, May 14, 2012

Rowell suspended for 50 games

The disappointing career of former first-rounder Billy Rowell added another head-shaking twist Monday when Major League Baseball announced that Rowell had become the organization's third member to be suspended since March for violating the minor league drug testing and prevention program.

Notes: Orioles place reliever Matt Lindstrom on DL

10:26 PM EDT, May 11, 2012

Notes: Orioles place reliever Matt Lindstrom on DL

Needing to make room on the roster for Friday's starter Dana Eveland, the Orioles decided to place reliever Matt Lindstrom on the 15-day disabled list with a right middle finger injury.

Orioles notes: Battle of Taiwanese starters Chen and Wang will have to wait

8:46 PM EDT, June 19, 2012

Orioles notes: Battle of Taiwanese starters Chen and Wang will have to wait

NEW YORK — The Orioles and the Nationals look like they are going to just miss making international history this weekend.

Andino, Orioles not stopping to look back at last year's walk-off finale

7:01 PM EDT, May 3, 2012

Andino, Orioles not stopping to look back at last year's walk-off finale

Second baseman Robert Andino and his band of upstart, red-hot, second-place Orioles swear they're facing just another tough divisional rival on the road this weekend.

Orioles hope to land one of few standouts in 'very shallow' draft

8:24 PM EDT, June 3, 2012

Orioles hope to land one of few standouts in 'very shallow' draft

For the sixth consecutive year, the Orioles will select in the top five of baseball's amateur draft, this time making the fourth overall pick on Monday night.

Orioles notes: Orioles signs LHP Jamie Moyer, 49, to a minor-league deal

8:52 PM EDT, June 6, 2012

Orioles notes: Orioles signs LHP Jamie Moyer, 49, to a minor-league deal

BOSTON — More than 16 years after he left Baltimore and joined the Dan Duquette-led Boston Red Sox, ageless left-hander Jamie Moyer is back in the Orioles organization.

Pitchers' duel ends with Chen leading Orioles to win

11:41 PM EDT, June 6, 2012

Pitchers' duel ends with Chen leading Orioles to win

There was a time – really, name any year in the last half dozen seasons or so -- when the Orioles would travel to Fenway Parkand, if they didn’t get swept, it could be considered a small victory.

Orioles notebook: Jim Johnson dominant in closing role

8:33 PM EDT, May 22, 2012

Orioles notebook: Jim Johnson dominant in closing role

After Jim Johnson seized the closer's role in the second half of last year and converted his final eight save chances, the Orioles knew they had a guy who could finish games if they needed him to.

Scouting director Gary Rajsich ready to put his first stamp on the Orioles organization

7:45 PM EDT, May 31, 2012

Scouting director Gary Rajsich ready to put his first stamp on the Orioles organization

When the Orioles officially hired baseball-lifer Gary Rajsich as their director of scouting in November, Toronto Blue Jays pro scouting director Perry Minasian sent a message to a friend.

Adam Jones: Baltimore 'is now my town'

7:31 PM EDT, May 27, 2012

Adam Jones: Baltimore 'is now my town'

With his six-year, $85.5 million contract extension official, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones sat between his two bosses — manager Buck Showalter and club executive vice president Dan Duquette — on Sunday and said Baltimore is where he belongs.

Orioles notes: Team awaits tough decisions when players get healthy

11:43 PM EDT, May 21, 2012

Orioles notes: Team awaits tough decisions when players get healthy

Last week, Orioles manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette were knee deep in personnel decisions, trying to figure out how to fortify a battered 25-man roster.

Orioles notebook: Eveland likely to start for Orioles on Friday

10:45 PM EDT, May 8, 2012

Orioles notebook: Eveland likely to start for Orioles on Friday

All signs point to the Orioles' recalling left-hander Dana Eveland from Triple-A Norfolk to start Friday's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards.

Orioles notebook: Reimold leaves team to get treatment on bulging disk

8:42 PM EDT, May 1, 2012

Orioles notebook: Reimold leaves team to get treatment on bulging disk

Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold will be sidelined for at least two more games with a bulging disk in his back, but the club is hopeful that the diagnosis explains the health problems the 28-year-old has been experiencing this season.

Chen takes next step in getting acclimated to U.S.

9:34 PM EDT, April 22, 2012

Chen takes next step in getting acclimated to U.S.

Wei-Yin Chen's first two starts in the major leagues possessed an element of organizational control: the Orioles made a point of providing him with an extra day's rest like he has been accustomed to in Japan.

Orioles notebook: Jim Johnson back with O's after four-night hospital stay

7:31 PM EDT, April 27, 2012

Orioles notebook: Jim Johnson back with O's after four-night hospital stay

After four nights at Saint Agnes Hospital, Orioles reliever Jim Johnson was finally released Friday morning after a severe case of food poisoning.

Orioles' Showalter has no reservations about putting Reynolds back at third

9:22 PM EDT, April 11, 2012

Orioles' Showalter has no reservations about putting Reynolds back at third

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he talked to third baseman Mark Reynolds before Wednesday's game and had no hesitation about putting the veteran back at third base.

Slow offensive start lands Mark Reynolds on the bench

8:41 PM EDT, April 24, 2012

Slow offensive start lands Mark Reynolds on the bench

In the midst of a streak of 16 hitless at-bats, which included nine strikeouts, third baseman Mark Reynolds found himself on the bench Tuesday, the night after a scheduled off day for the club.

Andino says spat with Yankees' Martin a misunderstanding

7:56 PM EDT, April 10, 2012

Andino says spat with Yankees' Martin a misunderstanding

Orioles second baseman Robert Andino said his war of words with New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin as Monday's game ended was simply miscommunication between two competitive people.

Contract uncertainty not weighing down Orioles' Adam Jones

6:50 PM EDT, April 23, 2012

Contract uncertainty not weighing down Orioles' Adam Jones

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is paying attention to the recent trend in Major League Baseball. He's aware that many teams have locked up their young stars.

Orioles expect to see quite a bit of Pujols this season

9:39 PM EDT, April 20, 2012

Orioles expect to see quite a bit of Pujols this season

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The last time slugger Albert Pujols faced the Orioles in a regular-season matchup, Friday's starter Brian Matusz was in high school, Buck Showalter was in his first year managing the Texas Rangers and outfielder Nick Markakis had been drafted earlier that week by the Orioles in the first round.

Opening Day starter? Arrieta is ready for the challenge

5:53 PM EDT, April 5, 2012

Opening Day starter? Arrieta is ready for the challenge

It's best to start this slice of Jake Arrieta lore with a minor discrepancy; it was either a couch or an overstuffed chair.

Orioles notebook: Roster shuffle continues as Reynolds goes on DL

9:28 PM EDT, May 12, 2012

Orioles notebook: Roster shuffle continues as Reynolds goes on DL

The Orioles continue to make roster moves at a dizzying pace, the latest occurring Saturday afternoon when third baseman Mark Reynolds was placed on the disabled list with a strained oblique.

Betemit hoping to establish himself as regular with Orioles

7:56 PM EDT, April 12, 2012

Betemit hoping to establish himself as regular with Orioles

The first thing you notice about Wilson Betemit as he talks about his career is that there is no bitterness in his voice, no spite toward previous organizations for a perceived lack of opportunities.

Final roster shaping up for the Orioles

5:33 PM EDT, March 30, 2012

Final roster shaping up for the Orioles

Heading into the final week of spring training, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was noncommittal Friday about several club issues including the team's Opening Day starter and closer.

Orioles send down Hunter and Paulino to add bullpen arms

9:03 PM EDT, May 7, 2012

Orioles send down Hunter and Paulino to add bullpen arms

A day after lasting just 4 1/3 innings in Sunday's marathon in Boston, right-handed starter Tommy Hunter was sent to Triple-A Norfolk, a move needed to bolster a bullpen that had to pitch 12 2/3 innings in one day.

Hobgood will miss 2012 season due to shoulder surgery

8:24 PM EDT, March 23, 2012

Hobgood will miss 2012 season due to shoulder surgery

Former Orioles' first-roundpick Matt Hobgood, who has battled ineffectiveness and injury in his brief pro career, will have right rotator-cuff surgery on April 2 and is expected to miss all of the 2012 season.

Orioles notes: Bergesen returns to Norfolk, but not as part of 40-man roster

9:26 PM EDT, May 18, 2012

Orioles notes: Bergesen returns to Norfolk, but not as part of 40-man roster

WASHINGTON — Once considered a key member of the Orioles' young rotation, right-hander Brad Bergesen will be pitching for Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday without a spot on the organization's 40-man roster.

Nolan Reimold returns to lineup after neck spasms

10:00 PM EDT, April 20, 2012

Nolan Reimold returns to lineup after neck spasms

Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold was back in the starting lineup Friday after missing one game with neck spasms.

Hammel ready for debut as member of the Orioles

7:26 PM EDT, April 7, 2012

Hammel ready for debut as member of the Orioles

Jason Hammel has made 115 major-league starts in his seven-season career — more than twice that of any other pitcher in the Orioles' 2012 rotation.

Orioles notes: Closer Johnson still in hospital with infection

8:02 PM EDT, April 25, 2012

Orioles notes: Closer Johnson still in hospital with infection

Orioles closer Jim Johnson remained hospitalized Wednesday as doctors tried to determine what is causing flu symptoms and an infection that has dogged him for more than a week.

Arrieta pleased with win on Opening Day

9:34 PM EDT, April 6, 2012

Arrieta pleased with win on Opening Day

After throwing seven shutout innings Friday in the Orioles' 4-2, Opening Day win over the Minnesota Twins, right-hander Jake Arrieta wasn't proclaiming himself as the club's ace going forward.

Opportunities running out for Ronny Paulino

7:27 PM EDT, March 22, 2012

Opportunities running out for Ronny Paulino

Given what's happened in the past two years, catcher Ronny Paulino isn't fazed by his current situation.

Tillman calls spring a work in progress

7:11 PM EDT, March 16, 2012

Tillman calls spring a work in progress

Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman wants to throw more strikes, he wants to pitch more scoreless innings and he wants to keep himself in contention for a spot in the rotation.

O'Day, Patton in, Phillips out as Orioles finalize Opening Day roster

9:24 PM EDT, April 4, 2012

O'Day, Patton in, Phillips out as Orioles finalize Opening Day roster

The Orioles finalized their 25-man roster Wednesday for Friday's season opener against the Minnesota Twins, and there was one mild surprise: veteran sidearmer Darren O'Day and left-hander Troy Patton made the bullpen over lefty Zach Phillips.

Orioles notebook: Uehara finally settling in with Rangers

9:52 PM EDT, May 9, 2012

Orioles notebook: Uehara finally settling in with Rangers

The last time Koji Uehara was around the Orioles, he was saying tearful goodbyes in the visitor's clubhouse at Yankee Stadium last July.

Fourth and foremost: O's need better production in cleanup spot to be successful

9:28 PM EDT, April 3, 2012

Fourth and foremost: O's need better production in cleanup spot to be successful

When executive vice president Dan Duquette began assembling the 2012 Orioles, he kept in mind one of manager Buck Showalter's requests.

6:37 PM EDT, March 22, 2012

Chen produces his best outing of the spring

Orioles left-hander Wei-Yen Chen is still acclimating to the nuances of Major League Baseball.

Machado is focused on one position

10:30 PM EDT, March 29, 2012

Machado is focused on one position

With a wide smile and a hint of bravado, Manny Machado says mostly all the right things about his baseball-playing future.

Orioles whittle down roster

9:34 PM EDT, March 26, 2012

Orioles whittle down roster

The Orioles thinned out their spring roster Monday, with eight players sent out of camp, including right-handers Brad Bergesen and Jason Berken and middle infielder Matt Antonelli, all of whom were optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Orioles notebook: Jai Miller might play Monday vs. Pirates

9:25 PM EDT, March 25, 2012

Orioles notebook: Jai Miller might play Monday vs. Pirates

Outfielder Jai Miller, who has been shelved for several days because of tendinitis in his right knee, may be able to play in Monday's night game against the Pirates.

Orioles notes: Zach Britton won't need surgery but could be out up to six weeks

6:42 PM EDT, March 21, 2012

Orioles notes: Zach Britton won't need surgery but could be out up to six weeks

SARASOTA, Fla. — Orioles pitcher Zach Britton will not need surgery on his ailing left shoulder, but a process to help lessen the inflammation could sideline the 24-year-old left-hander up to six weeks.

Orioles' Matusz sparkles for second straight Grapefruit League outing

6:55 PM EDT, March 15, 2012

Orioles' Matusz sparkles for second straight Grapefruit League outing

Before Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz took the mound at Joker Marchant Stadium on Thursday, his catcher, Ronny Paulino, had a piece of advice:

New Orioles pitcher Wada begins transition from Japan

6:31 PM EST, December 15, 2011

New Orioles pitcher Wada begins transition from Japan

The Orioles' new starting pitcher, Tsuyoshi Wada, likely won't make his Camden Yards debut until the first full week of April, and it won't be known for several months how well he'll make the transition from Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball to major league baseball.

Orioles' Patton putting himself in position for bullpen role

7:15 PM EDT, March 27, 2012

Orioles' Patton putting himself in position for bullpen role

When the Orioles finished their largest round of spring cuts Monday, left-hander Troy Patton was still in the clubhouse, still hanging on to a roster spot.

Flaherty remains flexible over role with Orioles

9:43 PM EDT, March 18, 2012

Flaherty remains flexible over role with Orioles

Ryan Flaherty rattles off the different gloves he has in his locker at Ed Smith Stadium.

Orioles hire Brady Anderson as special assistant to Duquette

9:36 PM EST, January 19, 2012

Orioles hire Brady Anderson as special assistant to Duquette

The Orioles announced several changes to the front office staff Thursday, including the hiring of long-time Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson as a special assistant to executive vice president Dan Duquette.

For Orioles Hall of Famers, statues at Camden Yards 'a very nice gesture'

7:00 PM EST, December 19, 2011

For Orioles Hall of Famers, statues at Camden Yards 'a very nice gesture'

The Orioles detailed on Monday several of their upcoming changes to Camden Yards, including a permanent tribute to the six most decorated players in modern franchise history and a slight alteration to the right-field wall.

Being held captive at gunpoint just one obstacle Orioles' Ayala has overcome

9:06 PM EDT, March 13, 2012

Being held captive at gunpoint just one obstacle Orioles' Ayala has overcome

Luis Ayala said he has never thought about giving up baseball, never imagined doing something else.

In second season with Orioles, J.J. Hardy commands respect

7:50 PM EDT, March 19, 2012

In second season with Orioles, J.J. Hardy commands respect

This time last year, there were more questions than answers about Orioles shortstopJ.J. Hardy.

Orioles conclude quiet winter meetings by trading for Eveland

3:25 PM EST, December 8, 2011

Orioles conclude quiet winter meetings by trading for Eveland

There were no splashes by the Orioles at the winter meetings this week, no big-name signings or trades that signal to a beleaguered fan base that things are looking up after 14 years of losing.

Orioles uproot scouting department, add economic adviser

6:19 PM EST, December 16, 2011

Orioles uproot scouting department, add economic adviser

New Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette's vision for the organization is coming into clearer focus, with news of a de-emphasis on physical scouting at the professional level, more resources poured into amateur scouting and the hiring of a Loyola University professor as an economic adviser to help quantify players' financial values to the team.

Popular veteran Guthrie recalls his five seasons with O's after trade

10:55 PM EST, February 6, 2012

Popular veteran Guthrie recalls his five seasons with O's after trade

In an offseason that has been defined by a flurry of under-the-radar personnel additions, new Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette made his boldest move to date Monday, sending dependable veteran starter Jeremy Guthrie to the Colorado Rockies for right-handed pitchers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom.

Orioles' Hunter 'ready to go' after latest outing

7:04 PM EDT, March 17, 2012

Orioles' Hunter 'ready to go' after latest outing

Despite having yet to throw a Grapefruit League game pitch this spring, Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter came out of his four-inning Single-A minor league game Friday confident he will be healthy and ready for Opening Day.

Promising Strop trying to find spot in Orioles' crowded bullpen

11:10 PM EDT, March 16, 2012

Promising Strop trying to find spot in Orioles' crowded bullpen

Orioles right-hander Pedro Strop knows he exceeded all expectations when he joined the club last September.

Eyre back in action after scare involving 3-year-old daughter

7:45 PM EDT, March 14, 2012

Eyre back in action after scare involving 3-year-old daughter

For a few hours Tuesday, Orioles right-hander Willie Eyre and his wife experienced a parent's worst nightmare.

Orioles' presence at Cespedes' workout showcases expanded international efforts

9:47 PM EST, December 7, 2011

Orioles' presence at Cespedes' workout showcases expanded international efforts

Desperately lagging in the world baseball market, the Orioles are attempting to step up their international efforts, and this weekend might serve as a primary example of that change in philosophy.

Winter meetings notes: Orioles looking to cultivate local ties

10:09 PM EST, December 6, 2011

Winter meetings notes: Orioles looking to cultivate local ties

The last time the Orioles employed a legitimate big leaguer from the Baltimore area, his name was Cal Ripken Jr. — and he retired in 2001.

Orioles land backup catcher in trade

8:20 PM EST, December 1, 2011

Orioles land backup catcher in trade

Dan Duquette made his first trade as executive vice president of the Orioles on Thursday, filling the club's vacant reserve catcher spot by adding defensive-minded backstop Taylor Teagarden from a familiar partner, the Texas Rangers' organization.

Orioles' Markakis, Jim Johnson make spring debuts

6:52 PM EDT, March 14, 2012

Orioles' Markakis, Jim Johnson make spring debuts

In a spring training camp that has been dominated by injury news, the Orioles welcomed back two key players Wednesday in an 11-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

10:10 PM EST, November 28, 2011

O's look to Castro as bullpen coach, Hale as third base coach

The Orioles are getting closer to finalizing their coaching staff for 2012.

Duquette announces several moves to remake Orioles' front office

9:07 PM EST, November 28, 2011

Duquette announces several moves to remake Orioles' front office

New Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has begun the reconstruction of his front office, announcing the hiring of a new amateur scouting director Monday while re-assigning pro scouting director Lee MacPhail IV, one of the top lieutenants in the club's previous regime.

Winter meetings notes: Orioles complete 2012 coaching staff by adding Hale, Castro

10:00 PM EST, December 7, 2011

Winter meetings notes: Orioles complete 2012 coaching staff by adding Hale, Castro

After weeks of waiting, Orioles manager Buck Showalter ultimately landed the third base coach he wanted.

Orioles, pitcher's representatives say Simon cleared of wrongdoing

7:01 PM EST, November 8, 2011

Orioles, pitcher's representatives say Simon cleared of wrongdoing

The Orioles and representatives for Alfredo Simon said Tuesday that the pitcher has been cleared of all wrongdoing in a fatal shooting Jan. 1 in the Dominican Republic.

Duquette says he's up to challenge of turning around Orioles

5:37 PM EST, November 8, 2011

Duquette says he's up to challenge of turning around Orioles

Standing alone at a podium in the sixth-floor conference room at Camden Yards on Tuesday morning, new Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette proclaimed why he is the right man for such a challenging — some might say perilous — job.

Orioles interested in trading for White Sox's Floyd, Quentin

9:53 PM EST, December 6, 2011

Orioles interested in trading for White Sox's Floyd, Quentin

As Dan Duquette prepared to leave the Hilton Anatole on Tuesday evening for a staff dinner at manager Buck Showalter's Dallas-area home, he had yet to land the pitchers and outfielder he is seeking at the annual winter meetings.

8:24 PM EDT, October 26, 2011

Orioles interview Dodgers executive De Jon Watson

The Orioles are officially up to three candidates for their vacant top executive post after interviewing 45-year-old De Jon Watson on Wednesday.

With MacPhail out, Showalter staying put, Orioles hierarchy takes shape

5:34 PM EDT, October 8, 2011

With MacPhail out, Showalter staying put, Orioles hierarchy takes shape

The Orioles' hierarchy is starting to shake out, with one decision-maker officially walking away and another remaining in the same role.

Five questions on the 2012 Orioles

8:48 PM EDT, September 30, 2011

Five questions on the 2012 Orioles

The big question swirling around the Orioles right now is what happens with the club's top executive post and, subsequently, its manager.

Orioles' Tillman fighting to make sure he's not odd man out

7:14 PM EST, February 2, 2012

Orioles' Tillman fighting to make sure he's not odd man out

He was expected to be a key member of the cavalry, the group of young pitchers who were supposed to lead the Orioles back to prominence, or, at the least, to relevance in the American League East.

With Dipoto apparently off the board, LaCava likely Orioles' favorite

7:48 PM EDT, October 28, 2011

With Dipoto apparently off the board, LaCava likely Orioles' favorite

The Orioles interviewed another candidate for their vacant top executive position Friday but also reportedly lost one of the leading possibilities.

6:34 PM EST, November 23, 2011

Klentak leaves Orioles to become Angels assistant GM

New Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has been working this week to bolster his front office, and now, at least theoretically, he'll have another hole to fill.

Source: Orioles interested in former Diamondbacks LHP Joe Saunders

6:03 PM EST, December 29, 2011

Source: Orioles interested in former Diamondbacks LHP Joe Saunders

The Orioles' primary search this offseason continues to be pitching, and one free agent they have had multiple conversations with is lefty Joe Saunders, according to an industry source.

9:42 PM EST, December 5, 2011

Orioles still unsure whether Roberts will be ready by spring

The refrain was the same from both Orioles manager Buck Showalter and new club executive vice president Dan Duquette.

Orioles zero in on Dan Duquette as next GM

8:02 PM EDT, November 5, 2011

Orioles zero in on Dan Duquette as next GM

The Orioles appear to be closing in on their next general manager after an excruciating, weeks-long saga that included one official rejection and several candidates' backing out of the process.

Duquette adds more veteran baseball minds, discusses Manny

9:30 PM EST, December 4, 2011

Duquette adds more veteran baseball minds, discusses Manny

Dan Duquette is continuing to staff his front office with veteran baseball men and former co-workers, announcing on Sunday that he has hired two 75-year-olds with a world of baseball experience.

MacPhail opts not to return to Orioles

12:44 PM EDT, October 8, 2011

MacPhail opts not to return to Orioles

After more than a week of speculation since the end of the season, Andy MacPhail is indeed stepping down as the Orioles' president of baseball operations after four-plus years at the helm, according to a club source.

Orioles agree to terms with Japanese pitcher Wada

8:27 PM EST, December 13, 2011

Orioles agree to terms with Japanese pitcher Wada

Two of Dan Duquette's primary goals when he took over as the Orioles' executive vice president last month were to immediately improve the club's starting rotation and strengthen its presence in the international marketplace.

Orioles notes: Matusz likely to start vs. Red Sox Monday night

9:00 PM EDT, September 17, 2011

Orioles notes: Matusz likely to start vs. Red Sox Monday night

Brian Matusz will get at least one more chance to end his rough 2011 season on a positive note.

Orioles' search for top exec moves forward but could hit snags

8:16 PM EDT, October 14, 2011

Orioles' search for top exec moves forward but could hit snags

The Orioles' search for a new top executive is progressing, with the club receiving permission to interview Arizona Diamondbacks senior vice president Jerry Dipoto and Toronto Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava, who are both expected to be in Baltimore next week.

Orioles complete Red Sox's collapse with walk-off win in season finale

12:54 AM EDT, September 29, 2011

Orioles complete Red Sox's collapse with walk-off win in season finale

For much of the past decade, the season finale at Camden Yards has been a simple affair, several thousand fans politely ushering in autumn with another lost season completed.

After nearly a decade away, Duquette ready to rejoin the MLB fraternity

9:00 PM EST, November 7, 2011

After nearly a decade away, Duquette ready to rejoin the MLB fraternity

When the Orioles agreed to a three-year contract Sunday with Dan Duquette to be the club's executive vice president, they hired a candidate with more than a decade of experience as a general manager and a track of record of getting teams on the right path.

Andino lifts Orioles to 7-5 win over Red Sox

12:14 AM EDT, September 21, 2011

Andino lifts Orioles to 7-5 win over Red Sox

The Orioles keep dismissing the spoiler angle, stressing there is no burning desire to beat contenders down the stretch.

December 6, 2011

Duquette focused on adding arms through trades, signings

If Dan Duquette accomplishes his goal this week during baseball's annual winter meetings, he will leave here with an improved pitching staff that is fortified by trades.

6:36 PM EST, November 21, 2011

O's add Antonelli, chase Chong; VandenHurk mourns Halman

In an ongoing attempt to build depth, the Orioles added infielder Matt Antonelli to their 40-man roster Monday after he passed his physical and are heavily pursuing 33-year-old right-hander Chong Tae-Hyon, who closed out South Korea's 2008 Gold medal victory over Cuba in the Summer Olympics.

Angle leads Orioles past Tigers, 6-5

11:51 PM EDT, September 24, 2011

Angle leads Orioles past Tigers, 6-5

On a night when the league's most dominant hurler was trying to put an exclamation point on the best season for a pitcher in two decades and on a night when a likely Hall of Famer made international baseball history, the Orioles' 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers came down to two unheralded rookies who combine to weigh about as much as one NFL lineman.

Orioles to interview John Stockstill for top exec job

6:52 PM EDT, October 27, 2011

Orioles to interview John Stockstill for top exec job

For the first time since embarking on a search to find a new top executive, the Orioles are looking inward.

Dan Duquette one of likely only four more to interview for Orioles' GM job

10:20 PM EDT, November 3, 2011

Dan Duquette one of likely only four more to interview for Orioles' GM job

The Orioles' parade of general manager candidates started again Thursday with former club executive Scott Proefrock and will continue Friday with former Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos general manager Dan Duquette.

Hunter shuts down Angels, helps former club

10:12 PM EDT, September 16, 2011

Hunter shuts down Angels, helps former club

For the second consecutive season, Tommy Hunter is helping pitch the Texas Rangers into the playoffs.

9:56 PM EDT, October 18, 2011

Orioles top executive candidate Dipoto has wealth of baseball experience on and off field

The first interviewee for the Orioles' top executive job is the type of candidate who can fit into all kinds of baseball circles.

No word on futures of Orioles' MacPhail, Showalter

8:30 PM EDT, September 29, 2011

No word on futures of Orioles' MacPhail, Showalter

No official decisions have been announced involving the futures of Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail or manager Buck Showalter.

Gregg collapses in ninth inning as Orioles lose to Blue Jays, 5-4

7:04 PM EDT, September 10, 2011

Gregg collapses in ninth inning as Orioles lose to Blue Jays, 5-4

It could have been one of the more uplifting games of the Orioles' disappointing season, a stirring effort by a makeshift lineup and a patched-together bullpen.

Orioles come up short against Blue Jays in 6-5 loss

6:52 PM EDT, September 11, 2011

Orioles come up short against Blue Jays in 6-5 loss

The Orioles have lost so often and in so many ways in recent years at Rogers Centre that squandering myriad offensive opportunities and blowing a late lead like they did to the Toronto Blue Jays in Sunday's 6-5 defeat seem rather pedestrian.

Orioles to unveil statues of six Hall of Famers in 2012

11:03 PM EST, November 16, 2011

Orioles to unveil statues of six Hall of Famers in 2012

As part of their 20th anniversary at Camden Yards, the Orioles in 2012 will unveil six statues of the modern franchise's Hall of Famers in a revamped area beyond the bullpens in left-center field.

Timeline of Andy MacPhail's tenure with the Orioles

3:12 PM EDT, October 8, 2011

Timeline of Andy MacPhail's tenure with the Orioles

June 20, 2007 — Orioles announce his hiring as president of baseball operations. The son of former Orioles general manager and Hall of Fame executive Lee MacPhail, Andy returns to the city where he lived as a boy from 1958 to 1965.

Former Oriole Loewen faces old team for first time

5:47 PM EDT, September 10, 2011

Former Oriole Loewen faces old team for first time

Adam Loewen said he's not as emotional this weekend as he was Wednesday, when he made his debut as an outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays — more than three years after he pitched his final game for the Orioles.

Guthrie guides Orioles to 2-0 win over Blue Jays

11:43 PM EDT, September 9, 2011

Guthrie guides Orioles to 2-0 win over Blue Jays

Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie has said he's not concerned about losing 20 games this season, or, really, reaching double-digit wins before the year is over.

Orioles fall 4-3 to Tigers in 11th on Martinez's RBI single

September 24, 2011

Orioles fall 4-3 to Tigers in 11th on Martinez's RBI single

Last offseason, the Orioles thought they had a legitimate shot to land free agent Victor Martinez before he eschewed their offer for a four-year, $48 million contract with the Detroit Tigers.

Orioles strike early in 6-2 win over Angels

11:37 PM EDT, September 17, 2011

Orioles strike early in 6-2 win over Angels

For 14 seasons, Camden Yards has been devoid of playoff hopes in September.

Orioles beat reeling Red Sox again

12:03 AM EDT, September 22, 2011

Orioles beat reeling Red Sox again

If the suddenly stumbling and bumbling Boston Red Sox fail to make the playoffs, some credit must go to the perennial basement dwellers of the American League East.

Orioles battered by Blue Jays, flustered by Alvarez in 13-0 loss

12:21 AM EDT, September 1, 2011

Orioles battered by Blue Jays, flustered by Alvarez in 13-0 loss

Give Toronto Blue Jays rookie Henderson Alvarez some credit for not discriminating by level.

Texas-bound Gonzalez 'wanted to do more' for the Orioles

9:50 PM EDT, August 31, 2011

Texas-bound Gonzalez 'wanted to do more' for the Orioles

Two months ago, Michael Gonzalez was trying to regain a late-inning role out of the bullpen for the last-place Orioles. Lately, though, the left-hander has been so dominant that the Texas Rangers had to have him for their playoff run.

Orioles notes: Gonzalez finally pitching well late in games

11:29 PM EDT, August 30, 2011

Orioles notes: Gonzalez finally pitching well late in games

Michael Gonzalez's career in Baltimore hasn't played out as he had hoped when he signed a two-year, $12 million deal before the 2010 season. But as his turbulent Orioles career possibly winds down, the left-handed reliever is finally doing what the club paid him to do — pitch with the game on the line, and do it well.

Blue Jays' Tony LaCava turns down Orioles

9:34 PM EDT, November 1, 2011

Blue Jays' Tony LaCava turns down Orioles

Two days before baseball's free-agency period begins in earnest, the Orioles are still looking for a general manager.

Reynolds still dealing with pain from beaning

9:45 PM EDT, September 19, 2011

Reynolds still dealing with pain from beaning

Orioles infielder Mark Reynolds missed the club's doubleheader on Monday and may be out longer as he deals with the lingering effects of being hit in the helmet with a pitch Saturday.

Adams' walk-off hit in 10th saves Orioles from loss to Blue Jays

12:13 AM EDT, August 31, 2011

Adams' walk-off hit in 10th saves Orioles from loss to Blue Jays

Since being recalled last week from the minors, Orioles second baseman Ryan Adams has been a whirlwind, hitting everything in sight and making play after play in the field.

Orioles notebook: Machado says he hopes to reach majors in two years

9:21 PM EDT, August 29, 2011

Orioles notebook: Machado says he hopes to reach majors in two years

Standing on the field at Camden Yards on Monday afternoon, Orioles top offensive prospect Manny Machado said he hoped to be here again in two years wearing a big league uniform.

Orioles fall to Blue Jays, 8-6

9:17 PM EDT, September 1, 2011

Orioles fall to Blue Jays, 8-6

Heading home last weekend after an exhausting and emotional three-city road trip, the Orioles were hoping to build on their four-game sweep in Minnesota.

After loss, Orioles have one more shot to ruin Red Sox's season

12:14 AM EDT, September 28, 2011

After loss, Orioles have one more shot to ruin Red Sox's season

The Orioles won't finish the season with a sweep of their perennial bullies, but they still have a chance to make October intolerable for Red Sox Nation.

Despite Simon's strong start, Orioles fall to Yankees, 3-2

11:36 PM EDT, August 29, 2011

Despite Simon's strong start, Orioles fall to Yankees, 3-2

Not having won a home series against the New York Yankees in more than two years, the Orioles seemingly had the perfect opportunity Monday night.

Reyes helps lead Orioles to four-game sweep of Twins

7:47 PM EDT, August 25, 2011

Reyes helps lead Orioles to four-game sweep of Twins

Despite their first four-game sweep in more than a year, one that culminated with Thursday's 6-1 victory against the reeling Minnesota Twins, the Orioles seem to understand life isn't about to get any easier as they return home Friday.

Notebook: Jones back in O's lineup a day after hospital visit

10:11 PM EDT, August 24, 2011

Notebook: Jones back in O's lineup a day after hospital visit

A day after leaving Target Field for a local hospital because of to shortness of breath, center fielder Adam Jones was back in the Orioles' starting lineup Wednesday and making jokes about his potential health scare.

Davis will spend rest of season playing third base

8:42 PM EDT, September 12, 2011

Davis will spend rest of season playing third base

One question the Orioles hope to figure out in the next three weeks is whether Chris Davis can be in the mix at third base heading into 2012.

Orioles notes: Pitcher VandenHurk, outfielder Hudson called up

5:36 PM EDT, September 1, 2011

Orioles notes: Pitcher VandenHurk, outfielder Hudson called up

Given the number of players who have already been recalled and the hope that a few injured big leaguers will return this month, the Orioles didn't recall a wave of minor leaguers Thursday when rosters expanded.

Showalter: Yankees' scheduling complaints 'disrespectful' to Flanagan

8:46 PM EDT, August 28, 2011

Showalter: Yankees' scheduling complaints 'disrespectful' to Flanagan

The remnants of Hurricane Irene are behind the Orioles and New York Yankees, but some strong feelings linger in its wake.

Former Orioles pitcher Flanagan dead in apparent suicide

2:36 PM EDT, August 25, 2011

Former Orioles pitcher Flanagan dead in apparent suicide

Former Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan, a Cy Young Award winner who became a television announcer and top executive with the club, died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

Orioles notebook: Guthrie asks fans whether he should keep Flanagan's number

8:01 PM EDT, August 25, 2011

Orioles notebook: Guthrie asks fans whether he should keep Flanagan's number

Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie is trying to decide whether he should keep the only uniform number he has known as an Oriole, No. 46, or switch to something else to honor the late Mike Flanagan.

Orioles notebook: Showalter sits Guerrero, shuffles starting lineup

10:03 PM EDT, August 10, 2011

Orioles notebook: Showalter sits Guerrero, shuffles starting lineup

With just one hit and one walk in 18 at-bats this homestand, Orioles designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero was given a day off from starting Wednesday, but manager Buck Showalter said not to read too much into it.

Orioles notebook: Adams set to get extended look at second base

11:37 PM EDT, August 22, 2011

Orioles notebook: Adams set to get extended look at second base

Second baseman Ryan Adams was hoping he would return to the big leagues when rosters expanded in September.

Orioles notebook: Fox works way back to major leagues

9:23 PM EDT, August 23, 2011

Orioles notebook: Fox works way back to major leagues

When Jake Fox was taken off the Orioles' 40-man roster June 1, he assumed he would be gone from the organization and would land a shot with another club.

Orioles' Pie hopes to continue career with another team

8:39 PM EDT, August 23, 2011

Orioles' Pie hopes to continue career with another team

The three-season, up-and-down Orioles career of Felix Pie likely came to an end Tuesday when the outfielder was designated for assignment to make room for outfielder Matt Angle.

Notebook: Matusz throws shutout for Norfolk, but return to O's uncertain

10:36 PM EDT, August 11, 2011

Notebook: Matusz throws shutout for Norfolk, but return to O's uncertain

Lefty Brian Matusz, who was demoted to Triple-A in June after a rough stretch in the majors, threw his best game for Norfolk on Thursday — a shutout against one of the best teams in the International League.

Inconsistent Tillman hit around in O's 6-3 loss to White Sox

11:22 PM EDT, August 11, 2011

Inconsistent Tillman hit around in O's 6-3 loss to White Sox

What's kept right-hander Chris Tillman from sticking in the majors, and what has frustrated everyone who has watched the talented young right-hander in his three seasons with the Orioles, is his maddening inability to maintain consistency from one start to the next.

Simon, Orioles rout Twins, 8-1

12:12 AM EDT, August 24, 2011

Simon, Orioles rout Twins, 8-1

Forget about a better farm system, more quality free agents and a fundamentally sound cadre of players -- maybe all the Orioles need to be competitive is to move Baltimore a little more to the west.

Showalter ejected, offense rejected in Orioles' 4-3 loss to White Sox

11:37 PM EDT, August 9, 2011

Showalter ejected, offense rejected in Orioles' 4-3 loss to White Sox

When third base umpire Phil Cuzzi incorrectly called Nick Markakis out at third base on a steal attempt in the fifth inning of the Chicago White Sox's 4-3 victory Tuesday night, the Orioles began an inevitable limp toward their ninth defeat in 11 games.

Orioles notebook: Pitching coach Adair high on Hunter

9:42 PM EDT, August 4, 2011

Orioles notebook: Pitching coach Adair high on Hunter

Tommy Hunter's most recent major league start was Game 4 of the 2010 World Series.

After Saturday's trades, Orioles stand pat as deadline passes

8:31 PM EDT, July 31, 2011

After Saturday's trades, Orioles stand pat as deadline passes

After making two deals Saturday, the Orioles and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail held on to the rest of their potential chips as Sunday's annual nonwaiver trade deadline passed.

Orioles' road woes continue as they fall to Royals

12:06 AM EDT, August 5, 2011

Orioles' road woes continue as they fall to Royals

Orioles left-hander Zach Britton slogged through another sloppy, shaky first inning Thursday night in which an early exit again loomed menacingly.

Simon stymies Royals as Orioles win, 8-2

12:10 AM EDT, August 3, 2011

Simon stymies Royals as Orioles win, 8-2

As the Orioles' rotation continues to crumble and the front office scrambles for replacements, perhaps it is fitting that one of the club's only reliable options is a player who many thought wouldn't throw a pitch in 2011.

Britton turns in solid outing in Orioles' 4-1 win over Twins

12:09 AM EDT, August 23, 2011

Britton turns in solid outing in Orioles' 4-1 win over Twins

With the Orioles limping toward the finish line of another lost season, the small victories that can be had in late August revolve more around the future than anything involving 2011.

Orioles notebook: Reyes will make first start as an Oriole Tuesday

7:52 PM EDT, August 8, 2011

Orioles notebook: Reyes will make first start as an Oriole Tuesday

When the Orioles claimed left-handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays last week, the thought was that he'd pitch for a while in the bullpen and maybe get another crack at a starting job later this season.

Tillman and Britton return for Saturday doubleheader

12:31 PM EDT, July 30, 2011

Tillman and Britton return for Saturday doubleheader

NEW YORK — In May, they seemed to be heading in different directions — lefty Zach Britton looking like a rookie sensation and right-hander Chris Tillman dealing with a demotion to Triple-A Norfolk after an inconsistent two months.

Orioles notebook: Reyes says 'it's going to be fun' to be part of turnaround

10:30 PM EDT, August 3, 2011

Orioles notebook: Reyes says 'it's going to be fun' to be part of turnaround

Jo-Jo Reyes was trying not to think too much about what would happen. After being designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays on July 23, the 26-year-old left-hander went home to California and waited.

Orioles notebook: New Oriole Davis eager to play every day

7:42 PM EDT, July 31, 2011

Orioles notebook: New Oriole Davis eager to play every day

Chris Davis was in the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium by 10:30 Sunday morning and, within a half hour, learned that he would be batting fifth for the Orioles and starting at first base for his new team.

Guthrie's start falls apart in 7th in Orioles' 6-2 loss

12:10 AM EDT, August 4, 2011

Guthrie's start falls apart in 7th in Orioles' 6-2 loss

On one pitch, Jeremy Guthrie's outing against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night quickly morphed from unlucky to unsuccessful.

Orioles notebook: Arrieta likely shut down for season

12:14 AM EDT, August 3, 2011

Orioles notebook: Arrieta likely shut down for season

Jake Arrieta, the Orioles' leader in wins, has decided to have his right elbow examined in California next week and will be shut down for at least a start and likely the rest of the season.

One year later, Showalter's Orioles still a work in progress

8:32 PM EDT, August 1, 2011

One year later, Showalter's Orioles still a work in progress

Asked recently to describe his first year at the helm of the Orioles, manager Buck Showalter searched for the perfect word or phrase.

Orioles' Gregg, Red Sox's Ortiz begin serving reduced suspensions

9:20 PM EDT, July 18, 2011

Orioles' Gregg, Red Sox's Ortiz begin serving reduced suspensions

Orioles closer Kevin Gregg and Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, the two main combatants in the July 8 bench-clearing brawl in Boston, saw their suspensions reduced from four games to three and began serving them during the three-game series that started Monday at Camden Yards.

Orioles' MacPhail: Keeping Hardy made more sense than trading him

9:52 PM EDT, July 18, 2011

Orioles' MacPhail: Keeping Hardy made more sense than trading him

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said he received "legitimate interest" from clubs looking to upgrade at shortstop this month, but in the end he felt the Orioles should keep J.J. Hardy instead of dealing him away for prospects.

Orioles notebook: Closer Gregg felt 'helpless' during suspension

8:09 PM EDT, July 22, 2011

Orioles notebook: Closer Gregg felt 'helpless' during suspension

Orioles closer Kevin Gregg finished serving his three-game suspension for his part in the benches-clearing incident July 8 in Boston and was back in uniform Friday. He said he watched all three games earlier this week from his couch.

Luke Scott done for season, will seek second opinion on injured shoulder

7:13 PM EDT, July 23, 2011

Luke Scott done for season, will seek second opinion on injured shoulder

Orioles outfielder Luke Scott, who was placed on the disabled list Saturday and is will miss the rest of the season, has not decided whether he will have surgery to repair the torn labrum in his right shoulder or whether he'll rest and rehab it. Both scenarios have worked for other players.

Five questions facing the Orioles in the second half

5:48 PM EDT, July 13, 2011

Five questions facing the Orioles in the second half

This wasn't supposed to be the year the Orioles returned to the playoffs. It wasn't even sold as a decent facsimile of the seminal "Why Not?" 1989 season.

Guthrie ends rough stretch in Orioles' 6-2 win over Red Sox

12:05 AM EDT, July 20, 2011

Guthrie ends rough stretch in Orioles' 6-2 win over Red Sox

After losing seven straight to their personal bullies -- the Boston Red Sox -- the reeling Orioles badly wanted a win Tuesday night.

Orioles playing waiting game with unsigned draft picks

8:18 PM EDT, July 20, 2011

Orioles playing waiting game with unsigned draft picks

With fewer than four weeks remaining to sign his 2011 draft picks, Orioles director of amateur scouting Joe Jordan finds himself in a familiar position in late July.

Orioles to push back Britton after Friday's start

10:08 PM EDT, July 6, 2011

Orioles to push back Britton after Friday's start

Rookie Zach Britton is finally going to get his chance to start in Fenway Park, but he may not pitch again for another week afterward.

Orioles agree to terms with J.J. Hardy on a three-year extension

7:19 PM EDT, July 16, 2011

Orioles agree to terms with J.J. Hardy on a three-year extension

Instead of dealing away their most valuable pending free agent this month, the Orioles have decided to lock up shortstop J.J. Hardy through 2014, agreeing to terms Saturday on a three-year extension worth between $22 million and $22.5 million.

Uncertainty clouds Simon situation as Orioles pitcher prepares to travel to Dominican

8:59 PM EDT, July 15, 2011

Uncertainty clouds Simon situation as Orioles pitcher prepares to travel to Dominican

What's certain is that Orioles right-hander Alfredo Simon is scheduled to start against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night before heading to his native Dominican Republic on Sunday. What's uncertain is what comes next for Simon.

Luke Scott looks like he's done for season

10:59 PM EDT, July 22, 2011

Luke Scott looks like he's done for season

Orioles outfielder Luke Scott, who came off the disabled on Friday afternoon and was hoping to test his ailing right shoulder for a few days before deciding what to do next, experienced enough discomfort on Friday night that it looks like he might be done for the season.

Simon heads back to Orioles after hearing

8:58 PM EDT, July 18, 2011

Simon heads back to Orioles after hearing

Orioles right-hander Alfredo Simon was headed back to the United States on Monday night after attending a legal hearing in the Dominican Republic and could return to the team by Tuesday, according to a source that spoke with Simon on Monday afternoon.

Orioles, Hardy making progress on three-year extension

9:08 PM EDT, July 15, 2011

Orioles, Hardy making progress on three-year extension

The Orioles and shortstop J.J. Hardy continue to make progress on a three-year contract extension that would be worth between $7 million and $8.5 million per season, according to two baseball sources.

Orioles' Scott heads to disabled list

9:57 PM EDT, July 5, 2011

Orioles' Scott heads to disabled list

After several months of trying to play through a torn labrum in his right shoulder, Orioles outfielder Luke Scott finally shut things down with hopes he can return in a few weeks after rest and rehabilitation.

Josh Bell hopes for a longer stay on Orioles roster

7:28 PM EDT, July 23, 2011

Josh Bell hopes for a longer stay on Orioles roster

Josh Bell's last major-league call-up was so quick he couldn't even pour a cup of coffee.

Rotation's short stints spell end of Rapada's tenure with Orioles

8:50 PM EDT, June 29, 2011

Rotation's short stints spell end of Rapada's tenure with Orioles

The inability of the Orioles' rotation to go deep into games claimed its first victim of 2011: left-handed reliever Clay Rapada.

Orioles displeased with suspensions stemming from Red Sox series

8:34 PM EDT, July 14, 2011

Orioles displeased with suspensions stemming from Red Sox series

The Orioles were already a little angry about the way they were treated in Boston, and that fire has been flamed by Major League Baseball's ruling Thursday to suspend two Orioles players and manager Buck Showalter and only one Red Sox player, slugger David Ortiz, after last weekend's bean-brawl series at Fenway Park.

Orioles' Guerrero out of Thursday's lineup with hand injury

8:54 PM EDT, July 14, 2011

Orioles' Guerrero out of Thursday's lineup with hand injury

Designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero didn't hit cleanup for the Orioles on Thursday night, but it had nothing to do with his waning production in the first half.

Orioles lack quality trade chips as deadline nears

8:47 PM EDT, July 25, 2011

Orioles lack quality trade chips as deadline nears

When the Orioles acquired several players on one-year deals this offseason, it was expected that they'd have a surplus of trade bait if they were out of contention in the summer.

Orioles overwhelmed throughout 13-4 loss to Rangers

12:33 AM EDT, July 5, 2011

Orioles overwhelmed throughout 13-4 loss to Rangers

It was their most surprising series of the 2010 season, when the Orioles stormed into Texas and swept the Rangers in four games to close out last year's first half.

Matusz rocked in O's 9-6 loss to Cardinals, demoted

12:17 AM EDT, July 1, 2011

Matusz rocked in O's 9-6 loss to Cardinals, demoted

After turning in one of the worst statistical outings of his professional career in a 9-6 loss Thursday night to the St. Louis Cardinals, struggling left-hander Brian Matusz was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, putting to bed a nightmarish June for the pitcher many considered to be the cornerstone of the franchise's future.

Orioles trade reliever Uehara to Rangers, 1st baseman Lee to Pirates

8:26 AM EDT, July 31, 2011

Orioles trade reliever Uehara to Rangers, 1st baseman Lee to Pirates

NEW YORK – In an attempt to fill holes in the rotation and infield for now and in the future, the Orioles traded reliever Koji Uehara and $2 million to the Texas Rangers on Saturday for first baseman Chris Davis and right-handed pitcherTommy Hunter.

First-time All-Star Wieters has emerged as leader for Orioles

8:36 PM EDT, July 11, 2011

First-time All-Star Wieters has emerged as leader for Orioles

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has always been obsessed with sports.

Matusz struggles again and Reds pound O's, 10-5

11:56 PM EDT, June 25, 2011

Matusz struggles again and Reds pound O's, 10-5

Since coming off the disabled list early this month, left-hander Brian Matusz hasn't looked like the pitcher that stormed through the minors two years ago and gave Orioles' fans so much hope for the future.

Guthrie, Orioles' bullpen rocked as Rangers complete sweep

12:17 AM EDT, July 7, 2011

Guthrie, Orioles' bullpen rocked as Rangers complete sweep

If the Orioles are looking for a bright side to their three-game pummeling by the Texas Rangers, it's this: They don't have to come back here this season.

Orioles place reliever Simon on DL, recall Berken

9:15 PM EDT, June 15, 2011

Orioles place reliever Simon on DL, recall Berken

Concerned that a mild injury could linger and leave them without an extra reliever, the Orioles placed right-hander Alfredo Simon on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday afternoon and recalled Jason Berken.

Orioles held to two hits in 4-0 loss to Red Sox

6:53 PM EDT, July 20, 2011

Orioles held to two hits in 4-0 loss to Red Sox

The inability of the Orioles' rotation to go deep into games during their current mid-season funk had been so prevalent, so expected, that the recent market correction has become almost as startling.

Showalter one of many Orioles with ties to Rangers

9:47 PM EDT, July 4, 2011

Showalter one of many Orioles with ties to Rangers

Just about a year ago, when the Orioles were in town to play the Texas Rangers in the series prior to the All-Star Break, Buck Showalter was contemplating whether he should return to the game as Orioles manager.

After 2,500th hit, Guerrero could be relegated to pinch hitter

6:58 PM EDT, June 16, 2011

After 2,500th hit, Guerrero could be relegated to pinch hitter

Orioles designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero picked up his 2,500th career hit with an RBI double Thursday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Orioles' Jakubauskas faces rematch with hitter who put him in hospital

8:38 PM EDT, June 27, 2011

Orioles' Jakubauskas faces rematch with hitter who put him in hospital

Lance Berkman swung, smashing the 90 mph fastball up the middle "about as hard as I could hit it."

Guthrie leaves early, but Orioles finally win at Toronto, 4-3

6:51 PM EDT, June 16, 2011

Guthrie leaves early, but Orioles finally win at Toronto, 4-3

The Orioles finally ended their seemingly interminable losing streak at Rogers Centre with a 4-3 win on Thursday afternoon, but they might have lost one of their most important players to injury.

Orioles get good news on injury front

7:46 PM EDT, June 19, 2011

Orioles get good news on injury front

Perhaps it's just a small victory in a long season, but the Orioles left Nationals Park on Sunday without placing anyone on the disabled list.

Orioles' Wieters gets rare day off

5:51 PM EDT, May 14, 2011

Orioles' Wieters gets rare day off

If it were up to Matt Wieters, he'd catch 162 games in a season. That, of course, will never happen.

Showalter: Orioles' Matusz might have to pitch through decreased velocity

6:57 PM EDT, June 26, 2011

Showalter: Orioles' Matusz might have to pitch through decreased velocity

It's no secret that the Orioles are more than a little concerned with Brian Matusz's declining velocity. Matusz insists that he's healthy, and that might be true, but the radar gun doesn't lie. A player who once regularly threw 94 mph fastballs now tops out in the high 80s, and opposing hitters have been teeing off on him in his past three starts.

Orioles end Nationals series on high note with 7-4 win

7:13 PM EDT, June 19, 2011

Orioles end Nationals series on high note with 7-4 win

The Orioles were desperate for a combination of good pitching and timely hitting Sunday in an attempt to avoid a sweep at the hands of baseball's hottest team, the Washington Nationals.

Orioles' Reimold staying patient with lack of playing time

9:31 PM EDT, June 28, 2011

Orioles' Reimold staying patient with lack of playing time

Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold is plenty aware of his situation: He is the lone right-handed hitter in a crowded left-field picture, meaning he's on the wrong end of a platoon.

Orioles' Davis gets another shot at second

10:00 PM EDT, June 24, 2011

Orioles' Davis gets another shot at second

In his major league debut Wednesday, Orioles infielder Blake Davis played second base for the first time this year and made a key error that allowed the Pittsburgh Pirates to score the eventual game-winner.

Atkins' strong Orioles debut goes for naught in 4-2 loss to Rangers

12:12 AM EDT, July 6, 2011

Atkins' strong Orioles debut goes for naught in 4-2 loss to Rangers

The Orioles have been searching for weeks for a strong performance by a young starter, and they received it Tuesday night from an unheralded source against an unforgiving offense.

Bergesen finds his form in 6-0 victory

9:20 PM EDT, May 14, 2011

Bergesen finds his form in 6-0 victory

Brad Bergesen pumped his fist and grabbed catcher Jake Fox in an embrace after throwing the first complete-game shutout of his big-league career Saturday in the Orioles' 6-0 victory over the first-place Tampa Bay Rays.

Machado expected to miss about a week with knee injury

10:55 PM EDT, May 6, 2011

Machado expected to miss about a week with knee injury

The Orioles' top prospect, Manny Machado, is only expected to miss about a week with a left knee injury he suffered Thursday.

Jordan doesn't expect to 'set any records' with Bundy's deal

9:55 PM EDT, June 10, 2011

Jordan doesn't expect to 'set any records' with Bundy's deal

Orioles top draft pick Dylan Bundy may be seeking a record-breaking contract, perhaps as high as $30 million, but it won't happen, according to amateur scouting director Joe Jordan.

Rays make Orioles' Britton pay for one bad inning

1:05 AM EDT, May 7, 2011

Rays make Orioles' Britton pay for one bad inning

The Orioles' 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on an ugly, rainy, sloppy night Friday at Camden Yards provided a crystal-clear example of what separates successful veteran pitchers from inexperienced ones that are seemingly headed toward that path.

Showalter, former O's predict success for Johnson, Nats

6:37 PM EDT, June 25, 2011

Showalter, former O's predict success for Johnson, Nats

It has been 14 years since Davey Johnson managed in Baltimore, but he still holds the distinction of being the last skipper to lead the Orioles to the playoffs or to get them above .500.

Britton rocked in Orioles' 8-4 loss to Blue Jays

12:32 AM EDT, June 4, 2011

Britton rocked in Orioles' 8-4 loss to Blue Jays

As a rookie in the big leagues, Orioles left-hander Zach Britton has encountered plenty of celebratory firsts this season.

Orioles overpowered in 4-1 loss to Blue Jays

11:13 PM EDT, June 15, 2011

Orioles overpowered in 4-1 loss to Blue Jays

The Orioles know what they are going to get when they face Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero, one of the toughest young pitchers in the American League.

Uehara gives up walk-off HR in Orioles' extra-innings loss

12:07 AM EDT, June 15, 2011

Uehara gives up walk-off HR in Orioles' extra-innings loss

Maybe it's going through customs, having to exchange currency or playing under a retractable roof, but things are seemingly always off-kilter for the Orioles whenever they travel north of the border.

Despite recent struggles, Uehara says he feels fine

6:37 PM EDT, May 7, 2011

Despite recent struggles, Uehara says he feels fine

Orioles reliever Koji Uehara said he feels better than he did at any time last season. It just hasn't shown in his results recently.

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