As seen during this week¿s homestand at Camden Yards, the Orioles typically do all they can avoid doubleheaders ¿ and the obstacles they bring ¿ but playing one Saturday in Boston could prove to be beneficial to the Orioles in more ways than one.
CHICAGO (AP) ¿ Jeff Samardzija thought he would dominate the way he often does. Instead, he walked away frustrated with another loss. Samardzija struggled in a rare rough outing and the Chicago Cubs lost 7-2 to Washington, completing a day-night doubleheader sweep on a rainy Saturday night.
With their 8-0 victory Sunday, the Orioles (39-35) moved into a second-place tie with the New York Yankees (39-35) while handing Masahiro Tanaka just his second loss of the season. The teams are now 1 1/2 games behind the American League East-leading Toronto Blue Jays (42-35).
Caleb Joseph now can admit there were several times during those late-night bus rides through the Eastern League when he considered calling it quits on his lifelong dream of making it to the major leagues. He felt stuck in Double-A, a minor league proving ground for some and a glass ceiling for others, watching younger teammates each year as he grew older.
Gilman graduate Ryan Ripken, the son of Hall of Fame Oriole Cal Ripken Jr., was selected in the 15th round (No. 454 overall) by the Washington Nationals in Major League Baseball's first-year player draft Saturday afternoon.
Maryland baseball coach John Szefc has insisted ahead of the team's first NCAA Super Regional appearance Saturday in Virginia that his squad is comfortable and loose, despite having entered the year with no postseason experience.
Maryland pitcher Jake Stinnett became the highest-drafted Terps player since 2007 when the Chicago Cubs selected him with the 45th overall pick in the second round in baseball's first-year player draft Thursday.
With left-hander Johan Santana's opt-out date Friday, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club has presented the two-time American League Cy Young Award winner with a plan for the next few weeks that could have him join the Orioles -- if things go well -- by roughly June 18.
Miguel Gonzalez gets the start tonight in Pittsburgh ¿ his first since May 10, when he registered a quality start in a no decision against Houston. His last outing was in relief of Kevin Gausman on Wednesday.
The Towson Recreation Council-sponsored Over 40 baseball league is the nearest thing these aging boys of summer can find to the real thing, in that the rules — if not their reflexes — are pretty much the same as they have been since players first picked up a bat when they were kids.
The dawn of the baseball season is an existential moment. For big market teams with owners willing to pay for marquee players, and general managers who build playoff-bound teams, it is a time of great anticipation. It's also a time of hope, albeit dim, for those die-hard fans of teams who are off the playoff pace by double digits year in and year out.
As Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette sat in his office at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on a sunny afternoon earlier this month, overlooking a well-manicured cloverleaf of fields, a bitter winter seemed like an eternity ago in more ways than one.
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Even though Steve Clevenger was told by Orioles manager Buck Showalter on Monday that he has won the team¿s backup catcher position to open the season, the Pigtown native and Mount St. Joe grad isn¿t taking it for granted that something could still happen to affect the position between now and Opening Day.
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter has talked often this spring about the challenge of selecting the club¿s Opening Day roster ¿ and saying the best 25 players might not necessarily be the right 25 players to start the season with.
He didn't pick up the position on a regular basis until midway through high school, but now Johnny Monell Jr. — acquired from the San Francisco Giants in November — is battling for the Orioles' backup catcher job this spring, fighting Steve Clevenger for the right to play behind starter Matt Wieters. His father was a longtime catcher and outfielder.
Right-handed pitcher Alfredo Aceves left Orioles camp following Friday's workout so he could travel back to Mexico to obtain his work visa. Right-hander Liam Hendriks, who was designated for assignment by the Orioles to make 40-man roster space, was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles made their four-year deal with right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez official on Wednesday afternoon, setting the stage for a Thursday morning press conference to introduce the club¿s top free-agent acquisition.
Steve Clevenger, a Mount St. Joseph's graduate, grew up an Orioles fan, living just a stone's throw from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, in Pigtown. The trade that brought him to his hometown organization last summer gave him an opportunity few players have.
Second baseman Jemile Weeks, who came to the Orioles from Oakland in December's Jim Johnson trade, and catcher Johnny Monell, acquired in a deal with the San Francisco Giants, will likely both have to show their flexibility.
The Orioles continue to add to their outfield depth, agreeing to terms with Tyler Colvin on a major league deal pending a physical, according to an industry source. The physical was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
SARASOTA, Fla. -- New Orioles designated hitter/outfielder Delmon Young arrived at minicamp in Sarasota on Wednesday morning, participating in the club¿s position player workout by taking batting practice and shagging fly balls in left field.
Back in October, we asked how many of the Orioles' nine free agents were likely to return in 2014. With less than five weeks until spring training, it could end up that none of them return to Baltimore.
The Orioles season opener March 31 against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox will be broadcast on ESPN2 at part of the network's Opening Day coverage. The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start at Camden Yards.