As baseball is swept up in the Shohei Otani sweepstakes, there are less expensive players in Japan and South Korea who could be fits for the Orioles, including Miles Mikolas, Ah-seop Son and Yang Hyeon-jong.
Who knows how it has circulated, but what Mark Trumbo calls "The Blueprint" has followed him to every stop in his career. Let the big guy get a few hacks in, and then when it gets close, sacrifice his powerful bat in the middle of the lineup for a defensive replacement. It took a week, but that plan has begun being enacted in Baltimore.
The Texas Rangers are not the homer-happy club that they were during their glory years a few seasons ago, ranking fifth of 15 American League teams this year. But something about Camden Yards brings out that Texas power. On Tuesday the Rangers hit four homers for a second consecutive night to beat the Orioles, 8-6, before an announced 27,370. It was the seventh time since 2005 that the Rangers have homered at least four times in a game in Baltimore.
The Orioles hit home runs in their first three at-bats ¿ getting solo shots from Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis in the first inning ¿ part of a five-homer game in a 6-5 win in Game 1 of the doubleheader.
Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold is scheduled to undergo an epidural injection in his sore neck, but it appears very doubtful that he¿ll be ready to come off the disabled list as soon as he becomes eligible Wednesday.
If you have any remaining doubt that something strange is going on around the Orioles, take note of the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, which featured another handful of historically rare events.
If you thought the Orioles would have a Josh Hamilton hangover today, they apparently just decided that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis opened the bottom of the first inning with consecutive home runs off Texas Rangers starter Colby Lewis -- the first time back-to-back-to-back homer hat trick for the O's since July 20, 2010.