Though it seems likely that Wei-Yin Chen will become a free agent and sign elsewhere this winter, the composition of the Orioles starting rotation for the 2016 season isn't exactly a big mystery. Barring some major trade activity, Chris Tillman, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kevin Gausman and Miguel Gonzalez will be back next spring, and the Orioles will have several internal candidates for the fifth starter job. The question, of course, is whether the organization can afford to be satisfied with that, and
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman said he¿s looking forward to facing the Blue Jays in Sunday afternoon¿s series finale at Rogers Centre. He concedes that the Jays lineup is also probably looking forward to facing him.
The Orioles will open their three-game series in Toronto tonight coming off a much-needed 11-inning win Wednesday night at Camden Yards, snapping their six-game losing streak and avoiding being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays at home.
Steve Clevenger, who was the designated hitter for the second consecutive game, hadn¿t homered since he was with the Chicago Cubs in 2012. That was shortly before he was sent to the Orioles, along with Scott Feldman, in the deal the shipped Jake Arrieta to Chicago.
It was easy enough to round up the usual offensive suspects after the Orioles tied their all-time single-game record with 26 hits on Sunday afternoon against the Oakland Athletics, but it was the unusual suspects who carried the day.
The Orioles tied the game with three runs in the eighth on back-to-back homers by Adam Jones and Chris Davis, but ultimately lost to the Mariners 6-5 in 10 innings on Austin Jackson¿s bases-loaded walk-off single in front of an announced 24,863 at Safeco Field.
Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman said the stat line from his last start didn't tell the entire story of how he pitched in Friday's 8-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Gausman, 24, was charged with six runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings, allowing the second-most runs in his seven big league starts this season.
The struggles of right-hander Miguel Gonzalez don't seem to be going away, and though he says he's healthy and confident, the results have been problematic since he returned from a groin strain in late June.
The Orioles are playing considerably faster than a season ago when their average time of game was 3 hours, 7 minutes, the longest for the team since the turn of the century and the fourth-longest average in franchise history. Since Major League Baseball implemented a series of rules this season to improve the pace of play, the Orioles have finished games, on average, 15 minutes faster than they did in 2014. The Orioles' average this season is 2:52, which is tied for third-shortest in the majors.
Orioles were hoping they'd get right-hander Chris Tillman back on the mound Friday against the Los Angeles Angels. The best-case scenario now is that Tillman returns from a sprained left ankle in time for Sunday's series finale in Anaheim, not far from where he grew up. If not there, he'll likely start Monday's opener in Seattle against the Mariners, the club that drafted him in 2006.
After rookie right-handers Tyler Wilson and Mychal Givens combined to allow just two runs in a win against the Oakland A's on Monday night, Orioles manager Buck Showalter made a point to reporters that he has stressed several times over the last year or so.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he doesn¿t expect right-hander Chris Tillman to make his scheduled start Monday in Oakland. Tillman sprained his left ankle in the ninth inning of his start Wednesday, and while it is getting better, he missed his scheduled work day.
The Orioles' acquisition of outfielder Gerardo Parra in Friday's trade-deadline deal with the Milwaukee Brewers marked the end of Bud Norris' time with the team. The Orioles designated the veteran right-hander for assignment shortly after announcing the Parra trade, parting ways with a key piece of their 2014 rotation.
Manager Buck Showalter said newly-acquired outfielder Geraldo Parra had to fly into Washington D.C., so he will have to fight rush hour traffic on the beltway en route to Camden Yards. Showalter expects him to arrive at the park around game time.
A few weeks ago, we were talking about how the Orioles rely too much on the home run, but when their starting pitching is able to accomplish what it has over their current five-game win streak, a few solo homers will do the job.
With the resurgent Chris Tillman throwing a complete game shutout Wednesday, the Orioles made their emphatic point with a 2-0 victory in front of an announced 29,328 that patiently waited out a 33-minute rain delay before the first pitch to witness a sweep of the Atlanta Braves.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado exchanged words with Rays pitcher Alex Colome after Colome hit him with a pitch in the top of the eighth inning of the Orioles¿ 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday night.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman said throughout the first half that he felt like he was close to being the starter that gave his team a chance to win every outing; he just wasn't there yet. In his first start of the second half, Tillman was there ¿ and then some ¿ in a 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers that halted the Orioles' three-game losing streak and returned them to .500 (45-45).
Ubaldo Jimenez, Chris Tillman, and Miguel Gonzalez will each start a game in the Orioles' three-game set coming out of the All-Star break at the Detroit Tigers, manager Buck Showalter announced Saturday.
The White Sox capitalized on a leadoff walk by Bud Norris, making his fourth relief appearance of his career and his first since 2013, as pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck drove in the winning run with an RBI double off Darren O'Day with one out in the eighth, sending the Orioles to a 3-2 loss.
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday, will start Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader and right-hander Chris Tillman, initially Saturday's starter, will start Game 2, the Orioles announced Saturday.