In fairness to the Orioles, the first few weeks of the baseball offseason have not exactly been packed with hot-stove activity. The free agent market has remained quiet and trading activity has been predictably light. So, it's kind of hard to gauge just how "proactive" Dan Duquette and the Orioles front office have been thus far.
The Orioles will find out by 5 p.m. today whether three of their free agents ¿ left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, first baseman Chris Davis and catcher Matt Wieters ¿ will accept or decline the qualifying offers made to them last week.
Center fielder Adam Jones¿ solo homer in the eighth off reliever Chad Qualls gave the Orioles a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros, ending their five-game losing streak and avoiding a four-game sweep on the first stop of a two-city, seven-game road trip.
This Orioles team is immersed in a month-long struggle to score runs. And a day after beating the Astros in Monday's series opener thanks to a pair of two-run homers, the Orioles bats continued to struggle in a 4-1 loss to Houston in front of an announced 21,541 at Camden Yards.
The Orioles acquired the left-handed-hitting outfielder they had been seeking all offseason, trading a minor league pitcher and a player to be named later to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night for Travis Snider.
With their top free-agent choice for an outfield spot, Colby Rasmus, now off the board after agreeing to a one-year, $8 million deal with the Houston Astros, the Orioles will continue to explore other available options.
Baltimore Sun reporter Dan Connolly shares some thoughts on free-agent outfielder Colby Rasmus' potential fit in the Orioles clubhouse, the deaths of Stu Miller and Hank Peters, and the Hall of Fame voting.
The Orioles have focused their search for outfield help on Colby Rasmus, so much so that O's manager Buck Showalter is slated to meet with the free-agent outfielder in the near future, according to an industry source.
Uncertainty still exists about Dan Duquette's future in Baltimore as he remains the subject of reports that he is a top candidate to take a higher level position with the division rival Toronto Blue Jays.
A crisp, well-played pitchers¿ duel between two first-place teams imploded horribly in the ninth for the Orioles when playing-with-fire closer Tommy Hunter served up two, two-out homers to hand the Tigers a 4-1 victory.
Chris Davis drove in three runs on a pair of opposite-field singles against the shift as the Orioles plated 11 straight runs in an 11-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in front of an announced crowd of 16,283 at Rogers Centre.
Chris Tillman didn't have his best outing in the Orioles' 10-8 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night, but his ability to make adjustments and stay in the game following a nightmare six-run second inning might have won the Orioles the game.
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, whom the Orioles signed to a four-year, $50 million contract in February, couldn't get out of the sixth inning against a free-swinging Toronto Blue Jays lineup in an 11-3 rout Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards in front of an announced 39,281.
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz is available for today's series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays after being bedridden the past two days with an illness that included a brief stay in a local hospital.
It ended 2-1 in the 12th when Steve Lombardozzi tripled with one out and then scored on David Lough¿s single to left against Todd Redmond (0-1) -- sending what was remaining of the announced crowd of 30,446 at Camden Yards home happy.