The Orioles originally signed veteran hitter Danny Valencia as injury insurance during spring training. They designated him for assignment Friday because they needed a roster spot for rookie center fielder Cedric Mullins.
Orioles infielder Danny Valencia came on in relief in the eighth inning of Friday night's game against the Texas Rangers and struck out slugger Joey Gallo. His teammates might never hear the end of it.
The Orioles could finish with the worst defense by some measurements in major league history. Buck Showalter tried to put that on players playing out of position, but the ideal scenarios he described don't show that.
Just as it seemed as if one big swing in the eighth inning from beleaguered first baseman Chris Davis had erased the sting of a letdown start from Alex Cobb, closer Zach Britton allowed a rare home run to level the game at seven in the ninth.
The pending return of third baseman Tim Beckham could mean the Orioles have a daily lineup headache with too many players — Danny Valencia, Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo, Colby Rasmus and Trey Mancini — for the spots available.
Stars in every scenario a season ago, the Orioles' Trey Mancini and Jonathan Schoop left the bases loaded as the would-be tying runs in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's 6-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox to continue disastrous seasons with runners in scoring position for each.
The Orioles were beguiled by Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright, so they channeled comedian Steve Martin instead and decided to "get small." It didn't work because there was no one around to get a big hit.
With shortstop Manny Machado out Monday with illness and the open acknowledgement that Zach Britton is returning from the DL only to be showcased for trades, the Orioles returned home from a four-game sweep in Toronto making no airs about where they are as a club.
The Orioles found a new way to lose Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre, sinking to a season-worst 25 games below .500 after dropping a 4-3 decision to the Toronto Blue Jays on reliever Mychal Givens’ bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning.