Manny Machado was made to talk about his future as the Orioles visited Yankee Stadium for the first time in 2018. One thing the prospective free agent made clear: He doesn't plan to move off shortstop.
The Yankees are going through something else altogether. They have been struggling to score runs at a time when they do not have a typical Yankees starting rotation. There are only two teams in the major leagues that have scored fewer runs so far and the Yankees arrived here ranked 24th in the majors with a 4.79 team ERA.
The Orioles aren't likely to win the bidding war that is sure to develop for Chris Davis, and the only hope of them doing so is if agent Scott Boras can convince Peter Angelos that Davis is so valuable to the team that the Orioles can't afford not to sign him to a contract far outside the normal economic parameters that govern their payroll.
Jake Arrieta has a legitimate chance to win the NL Cy Young Award tonight, there's a couple of Buck Showlater connection in the manager of the year awards, David Ortiz is retiring and Manny Machado missed on the Platinum Gold Glove.
The Orioles didn¿t get a deep outing form their starter, their offense piled up strikeouts and they again relied on the home run. Occasionally, though, that formula works ¿ and it did Tuesday in a 2-1 victory against the New York Yankees before an announced 30,785 in the Bronx.
After sweeping the Oakland Athletics at Camden Yards in mid-August, the Orioles held the second wild card spot in the American League. They have dropped 16 of 20 since then, and now sit 13 games behind the Blue Jays in the East and are behind six other teams in the race for the second wild card spot. The Orioles are now seven games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season.
The Orioles' three-game series at Yankee Stadium provided the opportunity to gain ground on the division-leading New York Yankees. Instead, the Orioles fell six games out of first place in the American League East after their 4-3 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night in front of an announced 43,887.
After two returned last week, more AL East teams are back in the power rankings this week. Has the Orioles¿ hot stretch been enough to make them one of the lucky 10? As always, these rankings are completely subjective, and yet objectively correct.
No one can argue that Alex Rodriguez hasn't served his time and isn't entitled to continue his major league career. But his solid presence in the New York Yankees lineup would be a lot easier to swallow if we didn't have to hear daily reports of the beloved baseball heroes he's either joining or supplanting in the record books.
The Orioles had managed to put together a pretty good run without scoring a lot over the past 10 days, but it's beginning to look like they're ready to take some of the pressure off the pitching staff.
The New York Yankees arrived in Baltimore this week atop the American League East, still challenging the popular notion that they are an over-the-hill gang of overpaid players who are a couple of sore hamstrings away from crashing back to earth. Certainly, there are some players in those pinstripes whose odometers could roll over at any time, but the Yankees have proved through the years that it's a dangerous business to underestimate them.
Manny Machado records four RBIs, hits one of Orioles' three homers as club wins season-high sixth straight game, 9-4 over the Yankees, to pull within two games of first place. The Orioles improved to 31-30, moving back above .500 for the first time since they were 12-11 on May 3.
Right-hander Kevin Gausman is scheduled to pitch just two innings in his next minor league rehabilitation appearance, leaving room for wide speculation about what his role will be when he returns from the disabled list.
The Orioles have won four straight and six of their last seven as they open their three-game series against the division-leading New York Yankees. But tonight, they will face Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, who recorded arguably the most dominating pitching performance against the Orioles last season.
Placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis Friday, right-hander Kevin Gausman won't know how long he will be out until he sees team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs on Monday. But when he does return to the mound, it will likely be as a starter for Triple-A Norfolk.
An MRI performed on Everth Cabrera¿s left foot Friday morning came back clean. Cabrera, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a bruised left foot Thursday, remains confident he will be ready to return when he¿s eligible on May 22.