Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was picked third overall in ESPN's "franchise player draft," in which 30 ESPN analysts picked which Major League Baseball player they would start their franchise with.
Winning 16 straight extra-inning games last season, the Orioles managed to write chapter after chapter of unforgettable endings. But Thursday night's first extra-inning game of the season, a 10-inning 10-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, might have topped them all.
Before Tuesday's 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards, Orioles manager Buck Showalter talked about the night¿s starter, Jake Arrieta, and how all he wants is for the enigmatic right-hander to keep his team in games.
Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman struggled with his command in his first spring start Thursday against the Rays, but the right-hander was pleased with his secondary pitches -- his changeup and slider.
Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman struggled with his control early, but recovered well in 2 2/3 innings of work in his first career spring training start on Thursday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium.
The Orioles rotation looks like it's set up pretty nicely for a potential ALDS with Jason Hammel, Miguel Gonzalez and Tillman in line for the first three games. But who takes the ball to get them there?
The Tampa Bay Rays woke up at the plate in the fifth inning of Friday night's series opener against the Yankees in New York, scoring three times to hand pitching ace David Price a two-run lead in his showdown with CC Sabathia.
Right-handed starter Jason Hammel, who returned Thursday after missing nearly eight weeks due to right knee surgery, left in Tuesday¿s fourth inning with a right knee injury. Not only is it the same knee, it¿s the same pain, Hammel said.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he doesn't pay attention to the standings until August. For the past 14 years, Orioles fans haven't had the need to, their team usually already long out of contention by this time of the year.
Robert Andino and the Orioles are not stopping to look back at last year's walk-off win over the Red Sox in the regular-season finale. As the team faces Boston for the first time since Andino's big hit, it says its focus is on 2012.
Robert Andino hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Red Sox on Wednesday night. Fewer than five minutes later, down in St. Petersburg, Evan Longoria hit a walk-off home run to officially knock Boston out of the playoffs.