Recent stories by Dan Connolly
8:05 PM EDT, August 12, 2014
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.
8:13 PM EDT, August 8, 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.
10:00 PM EDT, August 9, 2014
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.
6:35 PM EDT, August 2, 2014
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.
7:54 PM EDT, August 4, 2014
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.
9:22 PM EDT, July 12, 2014
YANKEES 3, ORIOLES 0
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.
8:14 PM EDT, June 15, 2014
Orioles right-handed relievers Darren O'Day and Tommy Hunter have been good friends for years. They even have vacationed together in the offseason.
9:20 PM EDT, June 12, 2014
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.
11:04 PM EDT, July 14, 2014
There's a distinct dichotomy that surrounds Orioles center fielder Adam Jones in Baltimore.
9:28 PM EDT, June 14, 2014
8:42 PM EDT, June 6, 2014
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.
9:43 PM EDT, June 28, 2014
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.
7:50 PM EDT, June 3, 2014
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.
7:42 PM EDT, May 25, 2014
New Orioles catcher Nick Hundley arrived at Camden Yards on Sunday morning, happy to be a part of a contending club.
6:35 PM EDT, June 27, 2014
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.
9:03 PM EDT, June 22, 2014
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.
8:23 PM EDT, May 22, 2014
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.
8:46 PM EDT, May 21, 2014
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.
6:39 PM EDT, May 19, 2014
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.
11:13 PM EDT, May 12, 2014
Steve Clevenger said he's viewing the next few weeks simply: No pressure, no fanfare.
11:25 PM EDT, April 25, 2014
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.
8:21 PM EDT, May 20, 2014
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.
7:29 PM EDT, April 27, 2014
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.
10:39 PM EDT, April 26, 2014
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.
6:53 PM EDT, April 17, 2014
Orioles reliever Brian Matusz remembers laughing when he opened the piece of fan mail in Sarasota, Fla., last month.
6:52 PM EDT, May 18, 2014
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."
6:57 PM EDT, April 4, 2014
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.
11:32 PM EDT, May 9, 2014
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.
6:17 PM EDT, April 13, 2014
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was back in uniform Sunday morning and back on the mound later in the day.
7:03 PM EDT, April 5, 2014
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.
6:42 PM EDT, April 1, 2014
Ubaldo Jimenez’s baseball career is well-documented. His ups and downs in the major leagues have been thoroughly dissected.
9:18 PM EDT, March 31, 2014
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.
9:14 PM EDT, April 2, 2014
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.
8:23 PM EDT, March 31, 2014
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.
2:23 PM EDT, March 29, 2014
Leave it to Adam Jones to cut past any bromides about staying in the moment.
5:30 PM EDT, March 28, 2014
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.
10:17 PM EDT, March 25, 2014
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.
6:26 PM EDT, March 21, 2014
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.
5:48 PM EDT, March 27, 2014
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.
5:45 PM EDT, March 25, 2014
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.
6:53 PM EDT, March 19, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. — Orioles manager Buck Showalter thinks it's unfair to dismiss Wei-Yin Chen's 2013 season as a disappointment.
5:36 PM EDT, March 16, 2014
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.
5:56 PM EDT, March 11, 2014
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.
10:53 PM EDT, March 18, 2014
In early December, Jemile Weeks' baseball career was thrown upside down.
10:49 PM EDT, March 15, 2014
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.
9:56 PM EDT, March 9, 2014
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.
7:32 PM EST, February 21, 2014
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.
8:05 AM EST, February 1, 2014
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.
1:19 PM EST, March 6, 2014
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.
7:25 AM EDT, October 31, 2013
With the last out of the World Series on Wednesday night, baseball's frenzied free agent period started. Well, at least technically.
9:29 PM EST, December 6, 2013
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.
7:34 PM EST, November 4, 2013
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.
8:04 PM EDT, September 5, 2013
After lasting just 2 1/3 innings Wednesday in his first big league start since July, lefty Zach Britton's next appearance seemed tenuous.
7:28 PM EST, January 27, 2014
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.
6:41 PM EDT, October 18, 2013
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.
6:31 PM EDT, September 7, 2013
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.
6:45 PM EDT, September 22, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – When the Orioles acquired right-hander Scott Feldman from the Chicago Cubs in early July, the rationale was obvious.
8:04 PM EST, January 22, 2014
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.
8:44 PM EDT, August 28, 2013
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
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
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.
8:55 PM EDT, July 17, 2013
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.
7:13 PM EST, January 3, 2014
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.
8:25 PM EDT, September 23, 2013
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.
9:55 PM EDT, September 11, 2013
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.
9:22 PM EDT, July 13, 2013
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.
8:52 PM EDT, July 7, 2013
Now that Chris Davis is assured the starting spot at first base on the American League All-Star team, another obvious question is lingering.
9:27 PM EDT, September 25, 2013
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."
7:14 PM EDT, August 25, 2013
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.
11:59 PM EDT, August 1, 2013
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.
9:11 PM EDT, June 25, 2013
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.
8:40 PM EDT, September 6, 2013
With 22 games remaining after Friday night's, Orioles manager Buck Showalter is still thinking optimistically.
10:30 PM EDT, July 29, 2013
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.
9:28 PM EDT, July 18, 2013
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.
9:15 PM EDT, July 1, 2013
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.
8:19 PM EDT, June 3, 2013
ORIOLES 2013 DRAFT PREVIEW
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.
7:27 PM EDT, May 27, 2013
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.
7:05 PM EDT, June 2, 2013
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.
8:12 PM EDT, July 15, 2013
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.
8:22 PM EDT, May 13, 2013
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.
6:05 AM EDT, May 13, 2013
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.
10:02 PM EDT, May 30, 2013
Through the first two months of the Orioles' season, second baseman Ryan Flaherty's reputation hinged much more on his glove than his bat.
5:45 PM EDT, June 12, 2013
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.
6:07 PM EDT, April 27, 2013
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."
10:45 PM EDT, May 1, 2013
SEATTLE — As a veteran of eight minor league seasons, right-hander Zach Clark has endured plenty of excruciating bus rides during his career.
7:42 PM EDT, May 11, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS — There are no secrets as far as Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter is concerned.
9:05 PM EDT, May 28, 2013
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.
9:15 PM EDT, April 28, 2013
Zach Britton had been wondering for four days whether he'd get into a big league game against the Oakland A's.
10:46 PM EDT, April 30, 2013
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.
10:30 PM EDT, April 25, 2013
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.
8:55 PM EDT, April 18, 2013
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.
9:26 PM EDT, April 30, 2013
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.
8:15 PM EDT, April 21, 2013
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.
11:01 PM EDT, April 19, 2013
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.
9:55 PM EDT, April 26, 2013
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."
7:00 PM EDT, April 25, 2013
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.
7:22 PM EDT, April 7, 2013
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.
9:53 PM EDT, April 3, 2013
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.
2:12 PM EDT, April 2, 2013
8:00 PM EDT, April 18, 2013
Orioles designated hitter Steve Pearce entered Thursday night hitless in his first 13 at-bats this season.
9:11 PM EDT, April 17, 2013
11:57 PM EDT, April 6, 2013
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.
10:25 PM EDT, April 5, 2013
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.
5:55 PM EDT, March 30, 2013
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.
9:50 PM EDT, April 4, 2013
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.
9:42 PM EDT, April 2, 2013
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.
9:00 PM EDT, March 19, 2013
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.
9:40 PM EDT, March 28, 2013
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.
11:32 PM EDT, March 26, 2013
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.
7:42 PM EDT, March 31, 2013
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.
8:25 PM EDT, April 2, 2013
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.
6:50 PM EDT, March 20, 2013
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.
7:36 PM EDT, March 11, 2013
— 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.
7:26 PM EDT, March 10, 2013
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.
9:32 PM EDT, March 14, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla — If anything, there were only whispers. Nothing damning, nothing loud.
6:58 PM EDT, March 22, 2013
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.
10:26 PM EST, January 16, 2013
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.
7:52 PM EDT, November 2, 2012
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.
11:05 PM EDT, March 27, 2013
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.
9:40 PM EDT, March 21, 2013
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
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.
3:58 PM EDT, March 10, 2013
Tommy Hunter, the Orioles' affable and outspoken right-hander, has a simple plea for team management as it begins to craft the 2013 roster.
10:23 PM EST, November 9, 2012
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.
1:48 AM EDT, October 8, 2012
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
— 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.
6:58 PM EST, January 19, 2013
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.
10:36 PM EST, December 3, 2012
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.
9:01 PM EDT, October 7, 2012
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.
9:02 PM EDT, October 11, 2012
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.
10:38 PM EST, December 4, 2012
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.
7:04 PM EST, March 6, 2013
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.
5:44 PM EDT, October 9, 2012
The most despised child in the history of Baltimore sports is all grown up.
10:24 PM EDT, October 10, 2012
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.
1:00 AM EDT, October 4, 2012
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.
7:07 PM EDT, September 30, 2012
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.
1:04 AM EDT, October 12, 2012
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.
8:50 PM EDT, October 4, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas — Chris Davis was on the roster of two Texas Rangers teams that eventually went to the World Series.
12:21 AM EDT, October 6, 2012
— 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.
6:14 PM EDT, September 30, 2012
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.
10:33 PM EDT, September 29, 2012
Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson had seen enough.
9:14 PM EDT, September 19, 2012
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.
9:02 PM EDT, October 5, 2012
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.
5:53 PM EDT, September 27, 2012
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.
10:33 PM EDT, September 19, 2012
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.
9:29 PM EDT, September 16, 2012
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.
6:24 PM EDT, September 10, 2012
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.
9:04 PM EDT, September 24, 2012
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.
8:06 PM EDT, September 24, 2012
6:51 PM EDT, September 9, 2012
Chris Davis is well aware of how his offensive numbers plummeted when he played right field in June and July.
9:35 PM EDT, August 21, 2012
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.
9:02 PM EDT, August 7, 2012
Admittedly, Chris Davis is not really a fan of being a designated hitter. But he is a fan of playing regularly.
10:45 PM EDT, September 18, 2012
SEATTLE — Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette never revealed his specific expectations for the season when it began in April.
10:10 PM EDT, September 15, 2012
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.
12:11 AM EDT, September 8, 2012
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.
10:53 PM EDT, September 14, 2012
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.
9:10 PM EDT, September 11, 2012
L.J. Hoes was at home in Mitchellville watching a Tom Selleck baseball flick Tuesday around noon when his phone rang.
5:06 PM EDT, August 30, 2012
Since being called up Aug. 9, rookie Manny Machado has started each of the Orioles' last 19 games — all at third base.
9:24 PM EDT, August 28, 2012
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.
7:09 PM EDT, September 8, 2012
Steve Pearce has a wish for his old Orioles teammates.
9:00 PM EDT, June 26, 2012
Orioles reliever Matt Lindstrom has to wait one more day to come off the disabled list as the club reshuffles its pitching staff.
8:03 PM EDT, September 11, 2012
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.
8:21 PM EDT, August 6, 2012
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.
10:00 PM EDT, September 6, 2012
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.
8:05 PM EDT, July 22, 2012
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.
11:59 PM EDT, July 28, 2012
Even when things have been going well for Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter, he's had difficulty keeping the ball in the park.
8:15 PM EDT, August 23, 2012
It's not that Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis was opposed to batting leadoff.
9:43 PM EDT, July 24, 2012
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.
7:48 PM EDT, June 30, 2012
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.
9:52 PM EDT, June 29, 2012
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.
11:10 PM EDT, July 20, 2012
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.
9:26 PM EDT, June 8, 2012
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.
6:42 PM EDT, July 15, 2012
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.
6:58 PM EDT, June 30, 2012
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.
6:48 PM EDT, July 12, 2012
No sport lends itself more to comparative statistical analysis than major league baseball.
8:50 PM EDT, June 28, 2012
Finally, the Orioles have another outfielder in the outfield.
9:40 PM EDT, June 22, 2012
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.
11:37 PM EDT, June 7, 2012
-- 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.
8:32 PM EDT, June 7, 2012
-- 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.
5:24 PM EDT, May 23, 2012
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.
9:14 PM EDT, June 12, 2012
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.
8:21 PM EDT, June 18, 2012
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.
11:41 PM EDT, June 13, 2012
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.
8:45 PM EDT, May 19, 2012
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
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.
10:26 PM EDT, May 11, 2012
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.
8:46 PM EDT, June 19, 2012
NEW YORK — The Orioles and the Nationals look like they are going to just miss making international history this weekend.
7:01 PM EDT, May 3, 2012
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.
8:24 PM EDT, June 3, 2012
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.
8:52 PM EDT, June 6, 2012
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.
11:41 PM EDT, June 6, 2012
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.
8:33 PM EDT, May 22, 2012
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.
7:45 PM EDT, May 31, 2012
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.
7:31 PM EDT, May 27, 2012
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.
11:43 PM EDT, May 21, 2012
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.
10:45 PM EDT, May 8, 2012
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.
8:42 PM EDT, May 1, 2012
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.
9:34 PM EDT, April 22, 2012
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.
7:31 PM EDT, April 27, 2012
After four nights at Saint Agnes Hospital, Orioles reliever Jim Johnson was finally released Friday morning after a severe case of food poisoning.
9:22 PM EDT, April 11, 2012
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.
8:41 PM EDT, April 24, 2012
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.
7:56 PM EDT, April 10, 2012
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.
6:50 PM EDT, April 23, 2012
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.
9:39 PM EDT, April 20, 2012
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.
5:53 PM EDT, April 5, 2012
It's best to start this slice of Jake Arrieta lore with a minor discrepancy; it was either a couch or an overstuffed chair.
9:28 PM EDT, May 12, 2012
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.
7:56 PM EDT, April 12, 2012
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.
5:33 PM EDT, March 30, 2012
– 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.
9:03 PM EDT, May 7, 2012
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.
8:24 PM EDT, March 23, 2012
– 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.
9:26 PM EDT, May 18, 2012
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.
10:00 PM EDT, April 20, 2012
– Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold was back in the starting lineup Friday after missing one game with neck spasms.
7:26 PM EDT, April 7, 2012
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.
8:02 PM EDT, April 25, 2012
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.
9:34 PM EDT, April 6, 2012
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.
7:27 PM EDT, March 22, 2012
– Given what's happened in the past two years, catcher Ronny Paulino isn't fazed by his current situation.
7:11 PM EDT, March 16, 2012
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.
9:24 PM EDT, April 4, 2012
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.
9:52 PM EDT, May 9, 2012
The last time Koji Uehara was around the Orioles, he was saying tearful goodbyes in the visitor's clubhouse at Yankee Stadium last July.
9:28 PM EDT, April 3, 2012
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
– Orioles left-hander Wei-Yen Chen is still acclimating to the nuances of Major League Baseball.
10:30 PM EDT, March 29, 2012
With a wide smile and a hint of bravado, Manny Machado says mostly all the right things about his baseball-playing future.
9:34 PM EDT, March 26, 2012
– 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.
9:25 PM EDT, March 25, 2012
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.
6:42 PM EDT, March 21, 2012
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.
6:55 PM EDT, March 15, 2012
Before Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz took the mound at Joker Marchant Stadium on Thursday, his catcher, Ronny Paulino, had a piece of advice:
6:31 PM EST, December 15, 2011
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.
7:15 PM EDT, March 27, 2012
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.
9:43 PM EDT, March 18, 2012
Ryan Flaherty rattles off the different gloves he has in his locker at Ed Smith Stadium.
9:36 PM EST, January 19, 2012
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.
7:00 PM EST, December 19, 2011
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.
9:06 PM EDT, March 13, 2012
Luis Ayala said he has never thought about giving up baseball, never imagined doing something else.
7:50 PM EDT, March 19, 2012
This time last year, there were more questions than answers about Orioles shortstopJ.J. Hardy.
3:25 PM EST, December 8, 2011
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.
6:19 PM EST, December 16, 2011
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.
10:55 PM EST, February 6, 2012
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.
7:04 PM EDT, March 17, 2012
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.
11:10 PM EDT, March 16, 2012
Orioles right-hander Pedro Strop knows he exceeded all expectations when he joined the club last September.
7:45 PM EDT, March 14, 2012
For a few hours Tuesday, Orioles right-hander Willie Eyre and his wife experienced a parent's worst nightmare.
9:47 PM EST, December 7, 2011
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.
10:09 PM EST, December 6, 2011
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.
8:20 PM EST, December 1, 2011
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.
6:52 PM EDT, March 14, 2012
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
The Orioles are getting closer to finalizing their coaching staff for 2012.
9:07 PM EST, November 28, 2011
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.
10:00 PM EST, December 7, 2011
After weeks of waiting, Orioles manager Buck Showalter ultimately landed the third base coach he wanted.
7:01 PM EST, November 8, 2011
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.
5:37 PM EST, November 8, 2011
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.
9:53 PM EST, December 6, 2011
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
The Orioles are officially up to three candidates for their vacant top executive post after interviewing 45-year-old De Jon Watson on Wednesday.
5:34 PM EDT, October 8, 2011
The Orioles' hierarchy is starting to shake out, with one decision-maker officially walking away and another remaining in the same role.
8:48 PM EDT, September 30, 2011
The big question swirling around the Orioles right now is what happens with the club's top executive post and, subsequently, its manager.
7:14 PM EST, February 2, 2012
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.
7:48 PM EDT, October 28, 2011
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
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.
6:03 PM EST, December 29, 2011
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
The refrain was the same from both Orioles manager Buck Showalter and new club executive vice president Dan Duquette.
8:02 PM EDT, November 5, 2011
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.
9:30 PM EST, December 4, 2011
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.
12:44 PM EDT, October 8, 2011
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.
8:27 PM EST, December 13, 2011
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.
9:00 PM EDT, September 17, 2011
Brian Matusz will get at least one more chance to end his rough 2011 season on a positive note.
8:16 PM EDT, October 14, 2011
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.
12:54 AM EDT, September 29, 2011
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.
9:00 PM EST, November 7, 2011
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.
12:14 AM EDT, September 21, 2011
The Orioles keep dismissing the spoiler angle, stressing there is no burning desire to beat contenders down the stretch.
December 6, 2011
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
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.
11:51 PM EDT, September 24, 2011
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.
6:52 PM EDT, October 27, 2011
For the first time since embarking on a search to find a new top executive, the Orioles are looking inward.
10:20 PM EDT, November 3, 2011
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.
10:12 PM EDT, September 16, 2011
For the second consecutive season, Tommy Hunter is helping pitch the Texas Rangers into the playoffs.
9:56 PM EDT, October 18, 2011
The first interviewee for the Orioles' top executive job is the type of candidate who can fit into all kinds of baseball circles.
8:30 PM EDT, September 29, 2011
No official decisions have been announced involving the futures of Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail or manager Buck Showalter.
7:04 PM EDT, September 10, 2011
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.
6:52 PM EDT, September 11, 2011
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.
11:03 PM EST, November 16, 2011
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.
3:12 PM EDT, October 8, 2011
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.
5:47 PM EDT, September 10, 2011
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.
11:43 PM EDT, September 9, 2011
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.
September 24, 2011
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.
11:37 PM EDT, September 17, 2011
For 14 seasons, Camden Yards has been devoid of playoff hopes in September.
12:03 AM EDT, September 22, 2011
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.
12:21 AM EDT, September 1, 2011
Give Toronto Blue Jays rookie Henderson Alvarez some credit for not discriminating by level.
9:50 PM EDT, August 31, 2011
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.
11:29 PM EDT, August 30, 2011
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.
9:34 PM EDT, November 1, 2011
Two days before baseball's free-agency period begins in earnest, the Orioles are still looking for a general manager.
9:45 PM EDT, September 19, 2011
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.
12:13 AM EDT, August 31, 2011
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.
9:21 PM EDT, August 29, 2011
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.
9:17 PM EDT, September 1, 2011
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.
12:14 AM EDT, September 28, 2011
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.
11:36 PM EDT, August 29, 2011
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.
7:47 PM EDT, August 25, 2011
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.
10:11 PM EDT, August 24, 2011
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.
8:42 PM EDT, September 12, 2011
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.
5:36 PM EDT, September 1, 2011
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.
8:46 PM EDT, August 28, 2011
The remnants of Hurricane Irene are behind the Orioles and New York Yankees, but some strong feelings linger in its wake.
2:36 PM EDT, August 25, 2011
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.
8:01 PM EDT, August 25, 2011
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.
10:03 PM EDT, August 10, 2011
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.
11:37 PM EDT, August 22, 2011
Second baseman Ryan Adams was hoping he would return to the big leagues when rosters expanded in September.
9:23 PM EDT, August 23, 2011
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.
8:39 PM EDT, August 23, 2011
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.
10:36 PM EDT, August 11, 2011
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.
11:22 PM EDT, August 11, 2011
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.
12:12 AM EDT, August 24, 2011
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.
11:37 PM EDT, August 9, 2011
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.
9:42 PM EDT, August 4, 2011
Tommy Hunter's most recent major league start was Game 4 of the 2010 World Series.
8:31 PM EDT, July 31, 2011
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.
12:06 AM EDT, August 5, 2011
Orioles left-hander Zach Britton slogged through another sloppy, shaky first inning Thursday night in which an early exit again loomed menacingly.
12:10 AM EDT, August 3, 2011
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.
12:09 AM EDT, August 23, 2011
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.
7:52 PM EDT, August 8, 2011
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.
12:31 PM EDT, July 30, 2011
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.
10:30 PM EDT, August 3, 2011
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.
7:42 PM EDT, July 31, 2011
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.
12:10 AM EDT, August 4, 2011
On one pitch, Jeremy Guthrie's outing against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night quickly morphed from unlucky to unsuccessful.
12:14 AM EDT, August 3, 2011
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.
8:32 PM EDT, August 1, 2011
Asked recently to describe his first year at the helm of the Orioles, manager Buck Showalter searched for the perfect word or phrase.
9:20 PM EDT, July 18, 2011
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.
9:52 PM EDT, July 18, 2011
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.
8:09 PM EDT, July 22, 2011
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.
7:13 PM EDT, July 23, 2011
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.
5:48 PM EDT, July 13, 2011
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.
12:05 AM EDT, July 20, 2011
After losing seven straight to their personal bullies -- the Boston Red Sox -- the reeling Orioles badly wanted a win Tuesday night.
8:18 PM EDT, July 20, 2011
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.
10:08 PM EDT, July 6, 2011
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.
7:19 PM EDT, July 16, 2011
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.
8:59 PM EDT, July 15, 2011
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.
10:59 PM EDT, July 22, 2011
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.
8:58 PM EDT, July 18, 2011
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.
9:08 PM EDT, July 15, 2011
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.
9:57 PM EDT, July 5, 2011
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.
7:28 PM EDT, July 23, 2011
Josh Bell's last major-league call-up was so quick he couldn't even pour a cup of coffee.
8:50 PM EDT, June 29, 2011
The inability of the Orioles' rotation to go deep into games claimed its first victim of 2011: left-handed reliever Clay Rapada.
8:34 PM EDT, July 14, 2011
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.
8:54 PM EDT, July 14, 2011
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.
8:47 PM EDT, July 25, 2011
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.
12:33 AM EDT, July 5, 2011
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.
12:17 AM EDT, July 1, 2011
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.
8:26 AM EDT, July 31, 2011
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.
8:36 PM EDT, July 11, 2011
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has always been obsessed with sports.
11:56 PM EDT, June 25, 2011
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.
12:17 AM EDT, July 7, 2011
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.
9:15 PM EDT, June 15, 2011
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.
6:53 PM EDT, July 20, 2011
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.
9:47 PM EDT, July 4, 2011
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.
6:58 PM EDT, June 16, 2011
Orioles designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero picked up his 2,500th career hit with an RBI double Thursday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays.
8:38 PM EDT, June 27, 2011
Lance Berkman swung, smashing the 90 mph fastball up the middle "about as hard as I could hit it."
6:51 PM EDT, June 16, 2011
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.
7:46 PM EDT, June 19, 2011
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.
5:51 PM EDT, May 14, 2011
If it were up to Matt Wieters, he'd catch 162 games in a season. That, of course, will never happen.
6:57 PM EDT, June 26, 2011
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.
7:13 PM EDT, June 19, 2011
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.
9:31 PM EDT, June 28, 2011
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.
10:00 PM EDT, June 24, 2011
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.
12:12 AM EDT, July 6, 2011
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.
9:20 PM EDT, May 14, 2011
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.
10:55 PM EDT, May 6, 2011
The Orioles' top prospect, Manny Machado, is only expected to miss about a week with a left knee injury he suffered Thursday.
9:55 PM EDT, June 10, 2011
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.
1:05 AM EDT, May 7, 2011
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.
6:37 PM EDT, June 25, 2011
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.
12:32 AM EDT, June 4, 2011
As a rookie in the big leagues, Orioles left-hander Zach Britton has encountered plenty of celebratory firsts this season.
11:13 PM EDT, June 15, 2011
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.
12:07 AM EDT, June 15, 2011
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.
6:37 PM EDT, May 7, 2011
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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