It wasn't exactly a pre-trade deadline blockbuster, but the Orioles sent cash to the New York Mets on Friday for 30-year-old infielder Omar Quintanilla, who was designated for assignment earlier this week.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Wednesday that bolstering the club's starting pitching remains a priority, whether it comes internally or through a trade, but he also is actively searching for a "set-up hitter" with a history of getting on-base.
This year, his first as the Orioles' full-time closer, Jim Johnson leads the major leagues in saves with 26 at the All-Star break. Right-handed hitters are batting .113 against him, the second-lowest average against among AL relievers.
The Orioles received bad news regarding the health of second baseman Brian Roberts on Friday. The results of an MRA taken Thursday revealed that Roberts has a right hip labral tear, is a tear in the cartilage that surrounds the outside of the hip zone.
Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel finished third in the AL All-Star Game final vote fan balloting, which concluded Thursday afternoon. As expected, Rangers rookie right-hander Yu Darvish won the vote. White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy placed second.
In Tuesday¿s 5-4 win over the Mariners in Seattle Tuesday, Xavier Avery began his third stint with the Orioles this season ¿ he was recalled when the club placed second baseman Brian Roberts on the DL with a groin strain -- and like the previous two, he was an immediate contributor.
he 26-year-old held the Mariners hitless for 6 1/3 innings before giving up a solo homer to Seattle left fielder Casper Wells, a former Towson University standout. But watching Seattle break up Chen¿s bid for a perfect game couldn¿t compare to watching the Orioles bullpen nearly give away the game.
The only thing forgiving to the Orioles on Monday night in Seattle was the official scorer at Safeco Field. The Orioles were only charged with one error ¿ raising their major-league high to 70 -- in their 6-3 loss to the Mariners Monday night, but anyone staying up past the late local news to watch Baltimore¿s comedy of non-errors knows better than that.
It has been a busy weekend already, but the Orioles made a couple more roster moves on Sunday morning, optioning outfielder Xavier Avery to Triple-A Norfolk to finish making room for the arrival of newly acquired DH Jim Thome and the recall of reliever Miguel Gonzalez. The O's already had optioned pitcher Tommy Hunter to Norfolk on Saturday night.
An untimely combination has hit the Orioles at the wrong time. The club's offensive struggles have become just the beginning of the issues facing the Orioles. Now, the team's starting pitching has become unglued.
Despite last night's 3-1 loss to the Nationals, the Orioles can still clinch their fifth series win in six interleague series with a win in this afternoon's series finale. A win would also give the Orioles their 11th in interleague play, tying a franchise high previously done three times (1999, 2008, 2009). The Orioles will be without left-handed reliever Dana Eveland, who left to California to be with his wife, Ashley, who is delivering the couple's second child. Eveland won't be placed on the paternity leave list until Tuesday
In today's pregame, Orioles manager Buck Showalter a decision has been made on the next step with outfielder Nolan Reimold, who hasn't played since April 30. Showalter wouldn't say what that decision is, but it appears from the way Showalter was talking that Reimold will have surgery.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is making a push to become a starter in the All-Star game. According to the most recent tally announced by Major League Baseball, Jones has moved from fifth to fourth among AL outfielders with 1,959,207 votes ¿ that¿s roughly 35,000 behind Toronto¿s Jose Bautista, who has 1,996,940.
Jake Arrieta said he's going into his next start Monday against the New York Mets at CitiField refreshed and with a much better frame of mind than the cluttered one of frustration he experienced before being demoted to the bullpen.
As near perfect at Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel was on the mound Saturday night against the Braves, he did his share to help beat Atlanta with his bat. The Orioles put on a small-ball clinic in their 5-0 win over the Braves by moving runners over and getting key hits. And Hammel was in the middle of it, dropping sacrifice bunts in the fifth and seventh innings to put runners in scoring position.
Betemit's splits at Turner Field are the best of any ballpark in the majors where he has at least 100 career at bats. Betemit is 67-for-212 in Atlanta, hitting .316/.393/.472 with five homers and 17 RBIs .