Following the Orioles¿ 4-2 loss to New York in the Yankees¿ home opener at Yankees Stadium on Monday afternoon, right-handed starter Ubaldo Jimenez talked about being crippled by not being able to locate his breaking ball.
When Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez hit a game-tying homer in the bottom of the seventh inning on Monday, changing momentum in Game 4 of the American League Division between Detroit and Oakland, a lot of Orioles fans were surely taken back to 1996.
The Orioles made major switches at the catcher position on the first day of roster expansion Sunday, designating backup Taylor Teagarden for assignment while purchasing the contracts of veteran Chris Snyder and Baltimore native Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.
When the Orioles left Baltimore for their nine-game road trip to Boston, New York and Cleveland, they knew how important it would be to play well against three teams they are jockeying with for playoff spots.
Miguel Gonzalez had dominated in the Bronx, pitching to a 2.20 ERA in five previous outings, including an American League Division Series start here last season. But on Friday, Gonzalez picked a bad time for his first rough outing at Yankee Stadium.
CHICAGO -- Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis¿ chances to make his first All-Star Game took a hit with Monday¿s latest AL fan-balloting results as Markakis slipped out of a starting spot, going from third to fourth.
For all the important moments in the Baltimore Orioles' victory over the New York Yankees, two in particular stood out: Pedro Strop's two scoreless innings for the win and Jim Johnson's perfect 13th for the save.
On couches all over Baltimore, J.J. Hardy's game-winning RBI double in the 13th inning must have seemed like a dream, especially since the Orioles spent most of Thursday night putting fans to sleep with their offensive ineptitude.
Derek Jeter is in the Yankees' lineup leading off, but serving as the designated hitter for Game 4 of the ALDS against the Orioles. Alex Rodriguez, who is mired in a 1-for-12 slump with seven strikeouts, was dropped from third in the order to fifth.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he'll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too.
The Orioles were just two outs away from taking a commanding 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. But a pair of solo homers by Raul Ibanez quickly reversed the roles and put the Orioles on the brink of elimination.