Kevin Gregg allowed a one-out single, double and then intentionally walked David Ortiz. Adrian Gonzalez broke the 5-5 tie with a sacrifice fly and Will Middlebrooks added a RBI single to give the Red Sox a two-run lead.
The big spring training story of the past few days comes not from the Orioles' winter home in Sarasota, Fla., but from down the road in Fort Myers, where news that the Boston Red Sox have banned beer in the clubhouse seems to have everyone in a tizzy.
Robert Andino hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Red Sox on Wednesday night. Fewer than five minutes later, down in St. Petersburg, Evan Longoria hit a walk-off home run to officially knock Boston out of the playoffs.
Red Sox reliever Matt Albers ticked off fans and his former teammates on July 8 -- you know, Friday night fight night -- with a few furious fist-pumps while striking out four Orioles in two innings of garbage time. Before Boston's 15-10 win on Monday night, Albers told WEEI¿s Alex Speier that he understood their anger.
Major League Baseball reduced Kevin Gregg's suspension from four games to three and made his fine a little smaller after the Orioles closer appealed the league's initial ruling. But Gregg is still frustrated that he is suspended as long as Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who charged the mound in the brawl.
A random photo of Mark Reynolds has quickly become an Internet sensation in Birdland. Unfortunately, we don't have rights to said photo, so you're going to have to use your imagination on this one. Or your mouse to click this link. But expending that energy is guaranteed to make your lunch break much more enjoyable.
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano outslugged Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, 12-11, in the final round of the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night. Isn¿t it telling that three of the final four in the annual long ball contest -- David Ortiz made the second round -- play against the Orioles in the AL East?
Ten days ago, I asked on the blog if the 2011 Orioles season could get any worse. Nine losses, 75 runs allowed and one demotion of Zach Britton later, the answer is a resounding yes -- a Marv Albert-type yes.
Things got pretty chippy between the Orioles and the Red Sox over the weekend. Sure, it was a one-sided series on the scoreboard, with the Red Sox sweeping all four games, but the Orioles showed some character in a bench-clearing brawl Friday and an ejection-filled loss Sunday in the last game before the All-Star break.
The Orioles quietly packed their belongings Sunday afternoon and dispersed to various parts of the country after another loss to the Red Sox extended their losing streak to seven games. ... The contentious four-game series in Boston ended with four more ejections and manager Buck Showalter criticizing the umpires. ... Shortstop J.J. Hardy is hopeful that a contract extension can be agreed upon during the All-Star break. ... Zach Britton was demoted to Double-A Bowie on Saturday, a move that not only could extend his season, but could gain the Orioles an extra year of the pitcher's services. ... The United States stunned Brazil in the Women's World Cup.