The Orioles’ fate has long been determined, but Thursday night’s series-opening 5-2 loss to the Twins at Target Field – their 10th defeat in their past 11 games — offered some positives, but also more reasons for frustration.
While the Orioles had the opportunity to add an outfielder Wednesday to replace the departed Colby Rasmus, Joey Rickard got the call, even as Cedric Mullins is "starting to show himself well" at Triple-A Norfolk.
The Orioles, with a 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, finished the first half of the season with a 23-58 records that makes them one of the worst teams through 81 games in baseball history.
Orioles catcher Chance Sisco was struggling in many facets when he was optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk earlier this month. Now that he's back, he hopes the time used back in a familiar place simply enjoying the game carries back into the big leagues.
The Orioles are giving the clearest indication yet that their transition of right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis from reliever to starter is for real with his first big league start Thursday, an indicator of both the path they want him to take and the state of the organization's high-minors pitching.
Just as it seemed as if one big swing in the eighth inning from beleaguered first baseman Chris Davis had erased the sting of a letdown start from Alex Cobb, closer Zach Britton allowed a rare home run to level the game at seven in the ninth.
Ceasefire represents a conscious choice to chase away the darkness with light and positive energy; to celebrate life even — and especially — when it feels like death surrounds us. We do this in part, by embracing the artists in Baltimore working against violence, like Lor Scoota was.