After losing two of three here, including Sunday¿s 5-2 lifeless rubber game, the Orioles head back to Baltimore with an offense that can¿t generate any consistency and a feeling that they blew an important chance to get back to .500.
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz has heard all the rumors saying that his days in an Orioles uniform might be numbered. The club showcased Matusz as a starter, allowing him to get stretched out in a pair of Grapefruit League starts earlier this month.
Left-hander Brian Matusz, who has been the subject of trade rumors this spring, delivered another solid performance in a starting role Friday, and the Orioles exploded for six runs in the eighth inning to beat the Boston Red Sox, 11-5.
SARASOTA, Fla. ¿ Orioles Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia realizes he needs to make an impression on the organization early. So when the 22-year-old threw his first spring training bullpen session on Saturday , he didn¿t hold back.
The Orioles have avoided arbitration with right-hander Tommy Hunter by reaching an agreement Monday with the relief pitcher on a one-year deal. It is worth $4.65 million, according to an industry source.
With the sudden loss of three major pieces from a team that won the Orioles' first division title in 17 years and advanced to the American League Championship Series, manager Buck Showalter realizes he has work to do to duplicate this past season's success.
Manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette plan to meet, along with team brass, to begin looking to next season. Pitchers and catchers are slated to return for spring training three months from Saturday, and the Orioles face many difficult roster decisions in the meantime.
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.
For the second consecutive evening, it took more than four hours to determine an outcome in the biggest games at Camden Yards in 17 years. And for the second straight night, it ended poorly for the Orioles, who again saw a formidable bullpen crack in a 6-4 loss to the Royals.