- The Orioles have signed pitchers late in spring training before, as they did with Ubaldo Jiménez and Yovani Gallardo. But there's little precedent for getting a pitcher ready who signs as late as they're about to bring in Alex Cobb.
- The Orioles completed a rare three-game sweep in Boston to bring them to .500 for the first time since Aug. 7.
- Chris Davis reached base five times in the Orioles' 9-8 loss to the Kansas City Royals and homered for the second straight game after receiving a day off in Friday night's series opener.
- The Orioles were swept out of Kansas City after their ugly 9-8 loss to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium and have lost four straight games overall.
- Despite a noticeable dip in his typical velocity, right-hander Mychal Givens pitched two strong innings to provide the Orioles with a bullpen rescue in
- J.J. Hardy and the Orioles defense devolved into some "ugly baseball" after an inning-ending double play wasn't executed Tuesday.
BOSTON — The
Oriolesarrived at Fenway Park on Monday having taken two of three games from theThe Orioles¿ rotation issues grew deeper on Friday night as right-hander Yovani Gallardo suffered his shortest outing in nearly four years, lasting just two innings in the Orioles¿ 4-2 loss to the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals.The Orioles will play their final game in a stretch of five road games in their first seven to open their Grapefruit League schedule this afternoon against the Boston Red Sox at Jet Blue Park.Infielder Ryan Flaherty, who re-aggravated his right groin Friday night, is not in the Orioles starting lineup this afternoon for today¿s third game of their four-game series at Yankee Stadium.Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez struck out a career-high 10 batters and Adam Jones hit his fourth home run of the season in a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees.The Orioles bullpen couldn¿t preserve a two-run lead as right-hander Tommy Hunter allowed a grand slam to pinch hitter Stephen Drew in the top of the seventh inning. Despite that, the Orioles still had hope, but plated just one run in the bottom half of the inning after loading the bases with one out.The Orioles hit three home runs, including Nelson Cruz's 40th of the season, and had 17 hits in a 5-4 win over the Yankees in front of an announced 43,201, putting a dagger in New York's already faint postseason hopes.Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman didn't have his best outing Sunday night against the New York Yankees, but he still extended his remarkable streak of consistency that has now lasted more than three months as he has solidified his spot as the club's ace.Despite holding the Yankees to just three hits over six innings, the Orioles fell to the Yankees, 3-2, before an announced sellout of 44,231.The Orioles¿ final homestand of the regular season was supposed to be one of celebration. All signs pointed to the club¿s clinching its first American League East title since 1997 at Camden Yards, and Friday¿s split doubleheader against the New York Yankees gave the Orioles a chance to take two more sizable steps toward the postseason.The Orioles rallied for three runs in the top of the eighth inning despite managing just one hit, but still dropped a 4-3 decision in front of an announced 36,936 at Safeco Field.