On Friday night at Fenway Park, Rich Hill did major damage to the Orioles¿ suddenly resurgent playoff hopes, sending them to a 7-0 loss in their must-win series opener against the last-place Red Sox in front of 32,411.
On the one-year anniversary of one of the most memorable nights in Camden Yards history -- the club¿s raucous clinching of their first division title in 17 years -- the 2015 Orioles delivered a clunker Wednesday that served as a resounding but unnecessary reminder that this team isn¿t what it was one short year ago.
In Tuesday's series opener at Fenway Park, David Lough capped a four-run second inning with a three-run homer, helping to send the Orioles to a 6-4 win over the Red Sox in front of an announced 36,508.
Spurred by five solid innings from left-hander Wei-Yin Chen and at least five highlight defensive gems ¿ including three by center fielder Adam Jones ¿ the Oriole drew within 4 ½ games of the New York Yankees (33-26) and captured the series against the last-place Red Sox (27-33).
As the Orioles open their three-game series tonight against the Red Sox, all eyes will be on former O¿s pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez, who will make his third career big-league start tonight against his old team.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he spoke to Major League Baseball¿s chief baseball officer Joe Torre in the aftermath of Friday¿s strange game in which right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was ejected, but wouldn¿t divulge any details of his conversation.
Buck Showalter said he has been impressed with the way his team has been dealing with its large divisional lead in September -- which is a new experience for nearly every player in the Orioles' clubhouse.
Winning two of three games this weekend at Fenway Park wasn't easy, but the Orioles had reason to celebrate after surviving their series finale Sunday afternoon with a 7-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox in 12 innings.
Despite two rain delays and an uneven but effective performance by starter Chris Tillman, the Orioles had a chance against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. But they turned in their weakest offensive performance of the season in a 1-0 loss.
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.
During every game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter has a card with him that tells him which plays are reviewable and which ones aren¿t. The color coding is simple. The plays in green can be reviewable, the plays in red cannot.
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.
Over his career, Darren O'Day has relied on a sinker and slider combination to get hitters out. He's tried to develop a changeup in the past, but hasn't been comfortable enough to throw it during a pressure situation in a game.
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.
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado won the third annual Rawlings Platinum Glove Award for the American League, given to the league's best overall defensive player and chosen from among this season's nine AL Gold Glove winners.