As Yom Kippur begins Tuesday evening, Gil Kleiner plans to be in services at the Beth El Congregation without his iPhone, which will be sitting silently in his office at the synagogue sending an ESPN mobile app alert every time the Orioles score a run in their pursuit of the American League East pennant.
Flannery McArdle, a Mount Washington resident and Friends School grad, now in college in Minnesota, rides a bicycle cross country with 18 others from around the U.S. to raise money for HIV/AIDS research. On Monday, they arrive in Baltimore and most of them will stay with McArdle's family.
In the past few weeks, the Orioles have had contact with the San Diego Padres about third baseman Chase Headley, the Philadelphia Phillies about third baseman Placido Polanco and the Chicago Cubs about first baseman Bryan LaHair.
The Orioles' first-half statistics aren't pretty, but they hold one statistical trump card. The only one that really, truly matters right now: .529. That's the fifth best winning percentage in the American League.
If there's anything fans will remember about the eighth inning of Tuesday night's All-Star Game in Kansas City, it'll probably be seeing flamethrowers Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman light up the radar gun one after the other for the National League.
Robert Andino and the Orioles are not stopping to look back at last year's walk-off win over the Red Sox in the regular-season finale. As the team faces Boston for the first time since Andino's big hit, it says its focus is on 2012.
Orioles rookie utility man Ryan Flaherty started just one game in the club's first 16 games and now has started each of the past four, including in right field Saturday night ¿ the first time he had appeared there as a major leaguer.
In Sunday's night game against the New York Yankees, the 25-year-old Ryan Flaherty made his first start for the Orioles in right field. The day before he started in left — in front of the replica Green Monster wall at the Boston Red Sox spring facility, JetBlue Park.
For Ryan Flaherty, this spring training presents a golden opportunity. For Orioles, it presents a difficult decision. The 25-year-old utility man, a Rule 5 pick, must be offered back to the Cubs if he doesn't stay on the Orioles' 25-man roster all season.
The Orioles uprooted their scouting department, reassigning six pro scouts to amateur scouting. The club also added a Loyola University professor to serve as an economic adviser, helping to evaluate players.