Orioles manager Buck Showalter shed some light on his work on Major League Baseball’s competition committee and the topics it has been discussing when asked at the “State of the Orioles” event Saturday about large-scale changes to the game, including defensive shifts.
Orioles pitching prospect Dillon Tate, who was one of three pitchers acquired for closer Zach Britton from the New York Yankees, said the slow but steady progress he's made in his uneven career have him on track for success.
The Orioles hit four home runs, including three in the final two innings, to come back from a five-run eighth-inning deficit, but lost, 8-7, to the Toronto Blue Jays in 10 innings on Aledmys Díaz’s walk-off single off left-hander Paul Fry.
The Orioles enter the All-Star break preparing to navigate one of the club’s most pivotal stretches in determining its future in the weeks leading up to the nonwaiver trade deadline, moves that will serve as the building blocks of the team’s rebuild.
Manager Buck Showalter had to wait until Sunday morning to name a starter for the series finale against the Texas Rangers. He also laid out the probable pitchers for the first five games after the All-Star break.
The Orioles could finish with the worst defense by some measurements in major league history. Buck Showalter tried to put that on players playing out of position, but the ideal scenarios he described don't show that.
Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop had another two-hit game Tuesday, with his walk-off single in the ninth inning meaning he raised his batting average 30 points in nine games since his weekend off.
Orioles relievers Zach Britton and Brad Brach put on display how quickly conversations about trade value can turn with divergent outings in either end of the doubleheader split with the Yankees Monday.