When Ubaldo Jimenez walked off the mound in the fourth inning in the nightcap of the Orioles' split doubleheader Saturday night, a split of their twin bill against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park seemed unlikely.
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz and injured catcher Matt Wieters still lead their respective positions in American League All-Star Game voting, according to fan voting results released by Major League Baseball on Monday afternoon.
Orioles outfielder-designated hitter Nelson Cruz was invited to participate in this year's All-Star Game Home Run Derby earlier this week, but the major leagues' co-home run leader said Sunday he likely won't take part in the event.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has signed an exclusive, two-year deal with a new memorabilia division of online sports merchandise retailer Fanatics, which will offer a more than 20-item product line of Davis-inscribed baseballs, signed jerseys and photos.
Right-hander Bud Norris recorded his best start since joining the club last July, tossing eight scoreless innings and holding Boston to just three hits as the Orioles handed the Red Sox their sixth loss in the last seven games with a 4-0 win in front of an announced 19,729 at Camden Yards.
Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz's remarkable May wasn't enough to win the American League Player of the Month award, as hot-hitting Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion beat him for the honor.
Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz has passed David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox as the top All-Star Game vote-getter at his position in the American League, according to results released Monday by Major League Baseball.
The Orioles didn't show any sign of fatigue early, jumping on Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz for six runs in the third inning. And they withstood a late rally by Boston for a 7-6 victory in front of an announced sellout crowd of 37,513 at Fenway Park.
Jimenez allowed a pair of homers, including a game-winning two-run shot to first baseman Mike Napoli in the fifth inning that sent the Orioles to a 6-2 loss to the Red Sox in front of an announced 25,708 at Camden Yards.
In between the Opening Day cheers for their favorite Orioles -- as they gave rousing ovations to Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Manny Machado -- the announced sellout crowd of 46,685 at Camden Yards welcomed left fielder Nelson Cruz to Baltimore with "Cruuzzz" cheer as he ran down the orange carpet during pregame introductions on Monday afternoon.
It was two hours before Chris Tillman's first pitch, the sun was pouring healing rays onto Eutaw Street, and as thousands of orange-and-black clad crazies flooded past him toward the turnstiles, a man in a Brooks Robinson jersey leaned against the No. 5 Hall of Fame sculpture in front of Camden Yards.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado began running through first base and landing on the bag last week. Base running is one of the final drills Machado has to perform before he can be fully cleared and return to games.
Left-hander Brian Matusz pitched two scoreless innings in his first start of the exhibition season, but the Orioles suffered their first loss in three Grapefruit League games, 8-1, to the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Stadium.