Ryan Flaherty realizes he earns his paychecks with his glove, and the Orioles utility man takes pride in making a difference with his defense. Flaherty does, however, have some pop in his bat, as he displayed Tuesday when he hit a 96-mph, full-count pitch from Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura onto Eutaw Street and off the Warehouse on a bounce in the Orioles' 9-1 win over Kansas City. He made his first homer of the season a memorable one, a 446-foot blast that will eventually get a plaque on Eutaw
After losing six of seven on this tough road trip, including 6-0 to the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon before an announced 22,256, the Orioles may be at their lowest point in an elevator season of ups and downs.
There is no law that says everyone who plays for the Orioles has to agree that Brooks Robinson was the best third baseman of all time, but it was still strange to hear Manny Machado say Thursday that Adrian Beltre is the man at the hot corner.
Heading into Wednesday night, Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen had been dominant in his career against the Texas Rangers, a club that had blasted eight homers and scored 16 runs in their previous two games at Camden Yards this week. Something had to give, and fortunately for the Orioles, it was Chen¿s mastery that continued in a 4-2 win Wednesday night before an announced 23,019.
The Texas Rangers are not the homer-happy club that they were during their glory years a few seasons ago, ranking fifth of 15 American League teams this year. But something about Camden Yards brings out that Texas power. On Tuesday the Rangers hit four homers for a second consecutive night to beat the Orioles, 8-6, before an announced 27,370. It was the seventh time since 2005 that the Rangers have homered at least four times in a game in Baltimore.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones' chances of being voted to start in the All-Star game took a major hit Monday as he dropped two spots in the latest American League All-Star Game fan balloting results released Monday.
A day after Orioles manager Buck Showalter finished second in the Sporting News' American League Manager of the Year voting, none of the team's players were selected for the publication's AL All-Star team.
In his fifth plate appearance Tuesday, Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer to cap the Orioles' six-run eighth inning in an 8-3 win over the Rangers in front of an announced 31,542 at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz has passed David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox as the top All-Star Game vote-getter at his position in the American League, according to results released Monday by Major League Baseball.
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado won the third annual Rawlings Platinum Glove Award for the American League, given to the league's best overall defensive player and chosen from among this season's nine AL Gold Glove winners.
The free-agency season is officially underway, and the Orioles made their first pair of roster moves since on Thursday, outrighting infielder Dan Johnson and outfielder Chris Dickerson to Triple-A Norfolk.
But I¿ve been saying for a while that Manny Machado will win a Gold Glove this season. Those who have watched him this year ¿ and his ability to make both routine and difficult plays seem easy ¿ would agree.