With a masterful, 6-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night that snapped a three-game losing streak for the Orioles, the 25-year-old Tillman (13-3) became the first Oriole since lefty Erik Bedard in 2007 to win at least 13 games in a season. He¿s the first to hit the mark in July since Sidney Ponson won No. 13 on July 10, 2003.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman has been added to the American League All-Star Game roster, replacing Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander, who started today's game for Detroit and is thus ineligible to pitch in the game.
Well, after beating the Orioles 5-4, on a scorching Saturday afternoon before 42,678 in the Bronx, the Yankees have risen like a phoenix and flown a half-game ahead of the Orioles and into second place in the American League East.
But right fielder Nick Markakis is in a battle with Toronto's Jose Bautista and Detroit's Torii Hunter for the third and final starting spot in the outfield. According to the most recent tallies, Bautista is third in the outfield with 2,679,230 votes, Markakis was fourth with 2,536,864 and Hunter had 2,390,336.
I offhandedly tweeted that Manny Machado might be the most exciting ballplayer to come through Baltimore in 30 years. Which led to a quick mental review of the other candidates to see if I was crazy. The verdict?
The Orioles have had interest in Juston Smoak since the 2008 draft, when the Orioles took Brian Matusz with the fourth pick in the first round and the Texas Rangers grabbed Smoak with the 11th selection.
Trayvon Robinson, the 25-year-old outfielder the Orioles received in Tuesday¿s trade with the Seattle Mariners for infielder Robert Andino, is an intriguing player, though the reality is he may never become a big league regular. The Orioles view him as someone who can battle for the fourth spot in the outfield.
When Adam Jones launched his 30th home run to deliver the crowning blow in the Orioles' three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, it was hard not to think of former O's pitcher Erik Bedard.
The Baltimore Orioles sent eight batters to the plate in the first and nine more in the second, staking starter Chris Tillman to a 7-0 lead by the time he stepped onto the mound in the bottom of the second.
The Orioles have a quick turnaround this afternoon for a 12:35 game against the Rays. The Orioles can sweep the Rays. Their next win will also be their 81st of the season, which will guarantee at least a .500 record this season and end the Orioles' streak of 14 straight losing seasons.
It is just four days until the calendar turns to September and your team is just 3 1/2 games out of first-place in the American League East, their smallest deficit in th division since June 24. If they remain steady this week against the Chicago White Sox, they can chip into that lead even more this weekend in the Bronx.
Helped by family and friends, Orioles outfielder Adam Jones escaped a violent and drug-infested neighborhood in San Diego to become an All-Star and the face of his franchise. He says he'll never forget where he came from.
For Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen, the line between good and great Saturday night was as thin as one strike. Chen was close, very close, as he turned in a serviceable performance in the O's 3-1 loss to the Washington Nationals.
This is probably a good time to point out that a lot of people thought Dan Duquette was crazy when he traded Jeremy Guthrie to the Colorado Rockies for starting pitcher Jason Hammel and reliever Matt Lindstrom. Of course, he was crazy like a fox.
With his six-year, $85.5 million contract extension official, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones sat between his two bosses — manager Buck Showalter and club executive vice president Dan Duquette — on Sunday and said Baltimore is where he belongs.
On the threshold of becoming the highest-paid player in the history of the Orioles, center fielder Adam Jones stood at his locker Friday and said he isn't thinking about a contract extension until it becomes official.
The Orioles' Chris Tillman is fighting to make sure he's not the odd man out. The inconsistent righty has plenty of pitchers ahead of him in the Orioles' rotation competition, but he's still just 23 and is looking to prove he's capable of being the star the team envisioned when they traded for him.