After losing six of seven on this tough road trip, including 6-0 to the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon before an announced 22,256, the Orioles may be at their lowest point in an elevator season of ups and downs.
With his teammates killing time inside the clubhouse during a one-hour, 38-minute rain delay on Wednesday night, Orioles closer Zach Britton remained in the Orioles bullpen waiting out the weather for his opportunity to close out a 6-4 win over the Rangers.
The Orioles led the major leagues with 46 home runs in June, and they continued their power surge into July. They hit three homers, including Nelson Cruz's 26th of the season on his 34th birthday, in an 8-3 victory over the struggling Texas Rangers on Tuesday night in front of an announced 19,150.
In his fifth plate appearance Tuesday, Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer to cap the Orioles' six-run eighth inning in an 8-3 win over the Rangers in front of an announced 31,542 at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
ARLINGTON, Texas ¿ The defensive deke play that Adam Jones made Saturday night to fool Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the basepaths in the second inning of the Orioles¿ 7-4 win over Texas got lost in Baltimore¿s offensive outburst, but it might have been one of the most important plays of the night.
Scott Feldman was forced to watch from the dugout as the Texas Rangers opened up the game with a six-run sixth inning, charged with a season-high seven runs over 5 1/3 innings as the Orioles dropped a 8-5 decision to Texas in the series opener in front of an announced 24,619 at Camden Yards.
TORONTO -- Four Orioles players are still in line to start for the American League in this year¿s All-Star Game, but one race is getting extremely close, according to the latest AL all-star fan balloting results released Saturday night.
Shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones and catcher Matt Wieters were named American League Gold Glove winners at their positions on Tuesday night. It's the first time since 1998 that three Orioles have earned baseball's annual benchmark of fielding excellence in the same season.
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.
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter has put his team's playoff hopes in the hands of veteran left-hander Joe Saunders, who has been tabbed to start Friday night's do-or-die American League wild-card playoff game at Rangers Ballpark.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is making a push to become a starter in the All-Star game. According to the most recent tally announced by Major League Baseball, Jones has moved from fifth to fourth among AL outfielders with 1,959,207 votes ¿ that¿s roughly 35,000 behind Toronto¿s Jose Bautista, who has 1,996,940.
The Orioles hit home runs in their first three at-bats ¿ getting solo shots from Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis in the first inning ¿ part of a five-homer game in a 6-5 win in Game 1 of the doubleheader.