The Orioles acquisition of second baseman Alexi Casilla is his first such move of the offseason. The Orioles claimed Casilla off waivers from the Twins, who paid Casilla $1.38 million last season in his second arbitration-eligibile year.
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis and his family showed up at the KidsPeace Trick 'n Trot 5K run in Canton on Saturday morning to support the charity event hosted by Buck and Angela Showalter. He said he gets full clearance for all activities on Tuesday.
To fill out the ALDS roster, the Orioles added Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman while removing infielder Omar Quintanilla and a trio of pitchers who were key for the club at different points this season: Steve Johnson, Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton.
Cal Ripken Jr. was in the TBS broadcast booth for Friday night's wild-card game, alongside former Braves pitcher John Smoltz and play-by-play man Ernie Johnson. Ripken had previously been a postseason studio analyst, but he only recently started working from the booth.
It has been nearly five years since he set foot in Camden Yards. But if the Orioles advance to host American League Division Series games this weekend, Jay Gibbons will be there, clad in orange and black, whooping it up in the cheap seats with a mob of playoff-starved fans.
The Baltimore Orioles' unexpected and unpredictable postseason schedule presents a "happy dilemma" for other events happening in town at the same time. From concerts to parties to businesses near Camden Yards, many will try to accommodate the fans who want to keep an eye on what's going on with their postseason games.
Outfielder L.J. Hoes is expected to be announced Tuesday as this year's winner of the Brooks Robinson Award for the best season by an Orioles minor league hitter. He won't be winning it alone, though, not in his mind anyway.
The Orioles were an out away from making a clean getaway on Friday night when Red Sox pitcher Mark Melancon drilled O¿s second baseman Robert Andino in the side of the head with a pitch. Andino left the game and underwent concussion testing. He also was scheduled to undergo a CT scan after the game.
Since we're admitting our mistakes, I, for one, thought Dan Duquette needed to lay off the caffeine with his roster moves this year. Poor Ron Johnson, the manager at Triple-A Norfolk, needed a sharp pencil with a huge eraser all year.
Bill Vaughan, of North Laurel, has gone from being part of the excitement to watching it through a camera lens. The son of a firefighter, Vaughan spent 28 years with the Montgomery County Fire Department and reached the level of master firefighter before retiring in 1996.
And when you look at the Orioles¿ 7-1 win over the Royals on Friday night ¿ while Machado played a huge role, hitting his first two major league homers and driving in four ¿ the victory was a testament to the lesser-known moves that Duquette has made.
But don¿t let Machado¿s heroics overshadow the performance of another Orioles infielder. Second baseman Omar Quintanilla went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, helping his team secure its sixth win in seven games. His homer in the second inning was perhaps the play of the game. It gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead, an advantage it wouldn¿t surrender.
Orioles ace right hander Jason Hammel, who underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery on July 15, is slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery and is about 1 ½ weeks from throwing off a mound, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
Orioles infielder Robert Andino made his first start Friday since being activated from the disabled list before Tuesday's game, playing third base in the team's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays.
After testing his injured right hip in a minor-league rehab assignment game on Saturday, Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has opted to have season-ending surgery to repair a larbum tear in the hip.
Orioles Second baseman Brian Roberts started a two-game rehabilitation stint with short-season Single-A Aberdeen on Saturday night and could be back with the major league club as early as this week if everything goes well with the IronBirds.
Orioles second baseman Robert Andino, currently on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain, appears far ahead of schedule on his recovery and could rejoin the team a week from today in Tampa Bay.