By the end of the year, Mike Wright - who opened the season losing nine of his first 10 decisions at Norfolk and posting a 6.42 ERA in 19 starts - had turned around his season, and ended itwith back-to-back near-no-hit bids. In the offseason, he was rewarded when the Orioles added him to the organization's 40-man roster.
As the Orioles prepared to leave the visitors' clubhouse Wednesday night after being swept in the American League Championship Series, they understood the harsh reality of today's industry: This group, in its entirety, will never again be together as a team.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before Thursday's game that he faced some difficult choices in selecting the team's American League Division Series roster, but he said the decision to add right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez gives his 11-man pitching staff a dynamic that he likes.
In considering his American League Division Series roster, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this weekend in Toronto that his biggest decision was whether he would carry 10 or 11 pitchers in the best-of-five series against the Detroit Tigers.
Much has been made about what the Orioles' roster for the American League Division Series will look like. It'll likely be known later today, though manager Buck Showalter doesn't have to submit it until Thursday morning.
The Orioles arrived home from Canada on Sunday night and will get a day off before having workouts Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter wants to see his collective group of starters in action today for the team's final regular-season game and last action before Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday.
TORONTO ¿ Alexi Casilla woke up Friday morning expected to fly home to his native Dominican Republic that night to prepare for the upcoming winter ball season. Instead, he was on a flight to Toronto to join the Orioles with an opportunity to make the team¿s postseason roster.
With their spot in the American League Division Series solidified, the Orioles have rested starters while auditioning players ahead of some tough playoff roster decisions. But they've also committed seven errors in the last three games — including three on Saturday — which is uncharacteristic for manager Buck Showalter's defensive-minded club.
The starting lineup the Orioles fielded in Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre was missing 98 homers and 304 RBIs. Without Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones, Steve Pearce and J.J. Hardy, the Orioles were minus a significant amount of offensive punch.
Defense has been one of the keys to the Orioles' success over the past three seasons. But since they lost American League Platinum Glove winner Manny Machado for the season following right-knee surgery in August, the club has struggled to find a steady replacement.
Buck Showalter said he has been impressed with the way his team has been dealing with its large divisional lead in September -- which is a new experience for nearly every player in the Orioles' clubhouse.
After right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez struggled in the ninth inning Sunday, allowing four of the five batters he faced to reach base, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the outing was "as much our fault as his."
Manny Machado is in the starting lineup Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said in his pregame news conference that he doesn't know when the verdict of the third baseman's appeal hearing will be released.
Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez overcame a rocky first inning to allow two runs over five hits over six innings in a 3-3, 10-inning tie with the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.
One of the most striking things about Orioles spring training camp this year is the maturation — and, perhaps, metamorphosis — of Jonathan Schoop, who is now 22, speaks fluent English and hopes to make this year's club as the starting second baseman.