When Orioles starter Chris Tillman left Sunday¿s game against the Nationals, he had surrendered just one earned run. It was the fourth time in five starts and the fifth time this season that the 23-year-old right-hander had allowed one run or fewer, but he labored and could only give the Orioles five innings.
Vladimir Guerrero's two-run homer on Sunday powered the Orioles to a 2-1 win and a series victory over the Nationals. ... Brian Roberts will go to Pittsburgh on Tuesday to have a consultation with a renowned expert in sports-related concussions. ...
Thanks to Tuesday night's rainout at Fenway Park, the Orioles are still at the 40-game mark. It is a convenient time to take a look at how the players have fared so far in 2011. Regular position players have had around 150 plate appearances and the rotation has turned over eight times.
We¿ve reached the quarter pole of the 2011 Orioles season -- well, technically we will get there in the middle of the fifth inning during tonight¿s game against the Red Sox -- and the Orioles are doing as well as most of us had expected. At 19-21, they were one bullpen collapse from checking in at the .500 mark.
Monday night was another one of those Fenway nights that start with such promise and end with the Orioles wondering how it all went wrong. ... The injury that forced Derrek Lee out of the 8-7 loss and an injury to Cesar Izturis almost certainly will lead to at least one roster move. ... Brian Matusz was satisfied with his rehab outing in Frederick but said he still has some things to work on. ... Trainer Graham Motion said he is leaning strongly toward bringing Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness hopeful Animal Kingdom to Pimlico on Saturday instead of Friday night.
Rookie starter Zach Britton pitched nine scoreless innings Thursday night, but it took extra innings for the Orioles to beat the Mariners. ... Despite allowing five runs in his past seven outings, Orioles reliever Jason Berken says his shoulder feels great. ... Brian Matusz is scheduled to make a pair of rehab starts next week and could return to the Orioles soon. ... Maryland's 2011 recruiting class has dwindled from three members to zero now that Nick Faust, Sterling Gibbs and Martin Breunig have been granted releases from their letters of intent.
Jeremy Guthrie will be on the mound tonight as the Orioles look to kick off their season with a victory over the Rays. I've read plenty of guesses at the Orioles' win total in 2011, but I don't care about those. I want your predictions.
The Orioles' four-man rotation is set. Brian Matusz will start Saturday and Chris Tillman gets the nod for Sunday. ... Earl Weaver will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Monday's home opener and Thurmont¿s Richard Troxell will sing the National Anthem. ... Jennifer Royle from The Fan has filed an $800,000 defamation suit against WNST owner Nestor Aparicio and two of his hosts. ... A four-member Towson entourage expects to conclude interviews at the Final Four and announce a new basketball coach next week.
The folks over at Baseball Prospectus might not be big fans of Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, but they are quite fond of Orioles lefty pitching prospect Zach Britton. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus wrote that Britton could be an ace.