| Oct 3, 2012
| 6:00 AM
[Down the stretch is a daily Orioles Insider blog that will set up the coming day for the O's and their American League competition as the push for the postseason continues.]
About last night
Orioles beat Rays, 1-0, to stay alive in division race...
| Oct 3, 2012
| 4:01 PM
UPDATE (7:10 p.m.): The Oakland A's beat the Texas Rangers, 12-5, to win the AL West. Scenarios updated to reflect.
UPDATE (5:57 p.m.): The game times for a potential AL East tiebreaker and the wild-card game have just been announced and are added below....
| Aug 23, 2011
There will be Giants
Seldom has a wild-card era September offered less excitement for baseball fans. About the only real drama lies in whether two of baseball's best pitching staffs — the Giants and Angels —...
| Aug 31, 2011
| 6:50 PM
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.
On Wednesday, the...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 7:12 PM
For the second consecutive season, Tommy Hunter is helping pitch the Texas Rangers into the playoffs.
On Friday night, he did it as an Oriole.
Hunter threw seven shutout innings -- tying his season-longest outing -- and the Orioles’ offense scored...
| Sep 17, 2011
| 8:37 PM
For 14 seasons, Camden Yards has been devoid of playoff hopes in September.
Now, that malaise is spreading to the visitors' dugout.
With a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night, the Orioles (62-88) have won four consecutive games...
| Sep 18, 2011
| 4:11 PM
The mystery that is Alfredo Simon is not really a mystery at all. He showed again Sunday afternoon that what you see is what you get — if what you see is an on-again, off-again pitcher who was off again in a lopsided 11-2 loss to the Los Angeles...
| Jul 7, 2011
| 9:05 PM
A change of venue and a stern post-game lecture from manager Buck Showalter about 18 hours earlier did nothing to curb the Orioles' losing ways -- or even hide the team's countless inadequacies for one night.
For the Orioles still had more unsightly play...
| Jul 7, 2011
| 4:55 PM
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has spoken to his team on several occasions this season, but none of the speeches was as harsh or intense as the one he delivered late Wednesday night.
After the Orioles' 13-5 loss to the Texas Rangers, which completed a...
| Nov 21, 2011
Split the difference
The realities of making changes are a million miles away from just throwing things down on paper, as fans want to do. You can't move a team without its approval, and the outcry in Houston against...
| Sep 26, 2011
Beane changed game
How could it not be? Michael Lewis' book was a best-seller and has been condensed into a movie starring Brad Pitt. The movie's producers and director had no choice but to take some dramatic license to make...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 6:30 AM
A proposal for realignment in Major League Baseball is reportedly gaining steam with the owners and the players, and though the structural changes might not be what some desperate Orioles fans are hoping for, the subtle switch being considered makes too...