If you can remember all the way back to the Orioles' Kevin Millar era, you know that I enthusiastically supported the call from the clubhouse for the team's ownership to relax its highly restrictive facial hair policy. I also grew up in the 60s and 70s, so I generally take a libertarian approach to personal grooming.
Leading by two runs in the seventh, the Orioles bullpen allowed the Red Sox to tie it and then Tommy Hunter gave up a go-ahead bloop single to Mike Carp in the bottom of the eight as Boston rallied for a 4-3 win.
Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen had never thrown fewer than four innings or given up more than seven runs in any of his starts as a major leaguer. He picked a particularly inopportune time to do both.
The Orioles (58-48) had dominated Boston, winning nine of their past 10 series against Boston heading into the weekend, but their bats went cold over the past two games with runners in scoring position.
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. This week, we exchanged emails with Avi Miller, who blogs about the Baltimore Orioles for Baltimore Sports Report.
The Orioles rallied for their second comeback win in as many games Thursday night with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox in front of an announced 27,704, giving the Orioles their fifth straight series win at Fenway Park, a streak that dates back to July 7-10, 2011.
Catcher Matt Wieters is up for his second consecutive American League Gold Glove Award, center fielder Adam Jones will be going for the second (2009) of his career and shortstop J.J. Hardy is seeking his first.
Center fielder Adam Jones, who has 32 homers and played every game of this season, has been named the Most Valuable Oriole, becoming the seventh player in club history to win the award in consecutive seasons.
The Baltimore Orioles took a significant step toward their first postseason berth in 15 years, beating the Red Sox 5-4 at Camden Yards, and putting themselves into a first-place tie with the New York Yankees atop the American League East with just four games to play in the regular season.
A year ago Friday, Robert Andino etched his name into Orioles lore with a ninth-inning sinking liner to left that escaped the glove of Boston¿s Carl Crawford, plated Nolan Reimold with the game-winner, extinguished the Red Sox¿s playoff hopes and helped send that franchise into an unforeseen spiral.
The Pesky Pole got the best of the Orioles on Sunday afternoon. In the Orioles' 2-1 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the 100-year-old ballpark's fabled right-field corner played a huge part in two key plays.
Miguel Gonzalez outpitched Orioles killer Jon Lester, allowing just two runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings, as the O¿s won their fifth straight, 4-2, in front of an announced sellout crowd of 37,731 at Fenway Park.