Orioles reliever Darren O'Day didn't pitch in Tuesday's All Star Game, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have an on-field moment worth crowing about. "I robbed a home run at the wall in batting practice," said O'Day, who said he shagged a would-be homer by Los Angeles Angels outfielder Albert Pujols. "That was one of my goals."
Right-hander Jonathan Hughes, who the Orioles selected in the second round (68th overall) out of Flowery Branch High School in Georgia has decided to go to Georgia Tech, Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich said.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will make his first career Opening Day start today against the Rays, becoming the fourth player in team history to start an Opening Day game at the age of 20 or younger.
The Orioles added their latest reclamation project Wednesday, agreeing to terms with first baseman Conor Jackson on a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training, executive vice president Dan Duquette announced.
What I want from you is one name -- the one player you think the Orioles will end up with when all of the offseason dust settles. I can¿t imagine they land a Josh Hamilton or Zack Greinke, but if you disagree, then go ahead and make that your choice.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters didn't start Friday night's game against the Oakland A's, but it wasn't because he is mired in a 1-for-30 slump. Wieters was held out of the lineup because of a tight right bicep muscle.
They were referring to the Orioles' two key hits with runners in scoring position in a five-run fifth inning, which fueled their 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. For a team that came in batting just .152 with runners in scoring position since June 14, those hits made the Orioles feel like they were suddenly cured.
By By David Selig and Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun
Zach Britton couldn¿t imagine he¿d have to wait until mid-July to make his first major league start this season, but the Orioles left-hander ¿ who will make that first start Tuesday against the Twins ¿said he¿s a better pitcher for it.
The Orioles purchased the contract of reliever Miguel Socolovich and activated catcher Taylor Teagarden from the 60-day DL. To make room, they designated lefty Dana Eveland for assignment and outrighted catcher Ronny Paulino to Triple-A Norfolk.
As for right-hander Jake Arrieta, the Orioles came close to sending him down to Triple-A Norfolk, but the 26-year-old was jettisoned to the bullpen instead, and when holes in Baltimore¿s rotation opened, he slid back into the starting role.
Or is it an injured and undermanned upstart that simply hit its peak and now is beginning to slide back to reality after a disappointing homestand that culminated with a 6-2 loss to the previously scuffling Cleveland Indians?
Designated hitter Jim Thome is expected to arrive Sunday, so the Orioles will have to make room for him on the 25-man roster (after designating reliever Zach Phillips for assignment to clear 40-man roster space).
For the fifth straight game, an Orioles starter turned in a less-than-stellar performance, this time from lefty Dana Eveland, who was making his first start since May 11, adding to the Orioles' troubles on the mound.
Finally, the Orioles have another outfielder in the outfield. On Thursday, the club promoted Xavier Avery from Triple-A Norfolk when first baseman Nick Johnson was placed on the disabled list with a strained right wrist.
After three straight quality outings at Triple-A Norfolk, Right-hander pitcher Chris Tillman is knocking on the Orioles door. The Orioles need pitching help, and Tillman has distanced himself from the competition in Norfolk, so it it time to give the 24-year-old a chance in the Orioles rotation?
Steve Tolleson was Wednesday's roster casualty, optioned to Triple-A Norfolk before the game to make space for Matt Lindstrom, who was activated form the 15-day disabled list after missing time with a right middle finger injury.
Before Wednesday's game, the Orioles optioned utility man Steve Tolleson to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list (right middle finger).
Orioles reliever Matt Lindstrom has to wait one more day to come off the disabled list as the club reshuffles its pitching staff. Lindstrom has been on the disabled list since May 11 with a partially torn ligament in his right finger.
The monster inning, the one that has haunted Jake Arrieta for much of this season, lurked on Sunday afternoon. But the Orioles pitcher survived the trouble and may have turned a corner mentally three starts after his brief demotion tot he bullpen.
Despite last night's 3-1 loss to the Nationals, the Orioles can still clinch their fifth series win in six interleague series with a win in this afternoon's series finale. A win would also give the Orioles their 11th in interleague play, tying a franchise high previously done three times (1999, 2008, 2009). The Orioles will be without left-handed reliever Dana Eveland, who left to California to be with his wife, Ashley, who is delivering the couple's second child. Eveland won't be placed on the paternity leave list until Tuesday