Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen had never thrown fewer than four innings or given up more than seven runs in any of his starts as a major leaguer. He picked a particularly inopportune time to do both.
Given the rallies and momentum swings in the Orioles' series opener against the Oakland Athletics on Friday night, it became a game the Orioles needed to win to not only gain ground in the playoff chase but also boost a team¿s psyche.
Behind two-run home runs from first baseman Chris Davis and center fielder Adam Jones and a quality start from right-hander Scott Feldman, the Orioles defeated the Rockies, 7-2, before an announced 22,238 on a cool, overcast day at Camden Yards.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter spent several minutes during his pre-game news conference Saturday afternoon talking about how his offense was seemingly close to breaking out and may, sometime soon, finally take advantage of the scoring opportunities it kept squandering.
Entering Saturday night¿s game on a four-game losing streak, the Orioles could have been seen as a reeling ballclub clawing to stay in the American League playoff race with a must-win matchup against the Colorado Rockies on deck.
When Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts returned from right hamstring surgery that forced him to miss 80 games earlier this season, he knew it might take a while to regain his comfort in the batter's box. Roberts had his second multiple-RBI game of the season in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Despite Chris Davis' majors leading 43rd homer of the season and a gritty rally in the ninth, the Orioles dropped their series opener to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-6, with a walk-off loss in front of an announced 18,889 at Chase Field.
The Orioles rallied from an early two-run deficit to score 10 unanswered runs for a 10-2 victory Sunday afternoon in their series finale in San Francisco in front of an announced sellout crowd of 41,622 at AT&T Park
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis says the only way baseball will rid itself of performance-enhancing drugs is to stiffen its penalties, which he believes should, at the least, include a five-year suspension for a first-time offender.
Orioles infielder and designated hitter Danny Valencia, whose name reportedly appeared on a list from Biogenesis, the defunct Miami-area anti-aging clinic, was cleared of any involvement and did not receive a suspension.
The Orioles recalled infielder Danny Valencia from Norfolk and immediately inserted him into Sunday's lineup as the designated hitter. Valencia responded with a homer and a double against the Seattle Mariners.
With the Orioles pitching rotation in flux with the addition of right-hander Bud Norris, the subtraction of right-hander Jason Hammel to the disabled list and the opportunity to shift around pitchers with the number of off days in August, manager Buck Showalter added some clarity to the situation.
The best homer-hitting team in baseball did it again Friday night, launching three longballs -- including Chris Davis' 40th homer of the season and Nate McLouth's first career grand slam -- to beat the Seattle Mariners, 11-8, at Camden Yards.
Double-A Bowie had just finished batting practice when Orioles right-hander Steve Johnson, on a rehab assignment and scheduled to make a start Saturday night for the Baysox, got a phone call: He was needed in Baltimore to provide bullpen depth and take a roster spot after second baseman Brian Roberts went on paternity leave.
Bud Norris' whirlwind two days came full circle on the pitcher¿s mound at Camden Yards on Thursday night. A day after switching clubhouses following a trade-deadline deal that abruptly placed him in the unfamiliar uniform of a contender, Norris faced his old team and a lineup full of friends suddenly turned into foes.
Two years ago Tuesday, Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis received a set of phone calls in a Toronto hotel room: They were traded from the pennant-chasing Texas Rangers to the last-place Orioles in a move that would help alter the course of a franchise and their careers.