Sometimes you need a little luck to make the postseason. And as the Orioles battle for a playoff spot with the final third of the season getting under way, it seems they have developed a knack for missing opposing teams' aces.
A day after Orioles manager Buck Showalter finished second in the Sporting News' American League Manager of the Year voting, none of the team's players were selected for the publication's AL All-Star team.
As catcher for the Baltimore Orioles, Matt Wieters is used to being on the receiving end of things. But on Wednesday, Wieters came to River Hill High School to deliver an important message to students: don't text and drive.
There's a distinct dichotomy that surrounds Orioles center fielder Adam Jones in Baltimore. He is the club's most consistent performer and surely one of its most ardent community ambassadors. And yet he also receives the most criticism from fans for his play.
The Orioles have received permission to interview several external candidates who are currently committed to other organizations, according to industry sources, and one of the more high profile names will meet with club officials Wednesday.
Closer Jim Johnson blew his fourth save in his past five opportunities, allowing four runs, four hits and a walk in the inning as the Orioles were unable to preserve a three-run ninth-inning lead with a 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays.
It was just a matter of time before Adam Jones picked up his 30th homer of the season. Jones hit a full-count slider over the left field wall in the 11th inning on Wednesday to give the Orioles a 3-1 victory and their first sweep in Seattle since May, 1997.
The Orioles had to play 18 innings on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to move into a virtual tie with the Yankees for first place in the American League East. It was their 14th consecutive extra-inning victory for the O¿s, which equals the most by any team since the Cleveland Indians won 17 straight way back in 1949.
All of Birdland can rejoice that the Orioles¿ discouraging string of 14 losing seasons officially came to an end on Thursday afternoon at Oriole Park ¿ and marvel at the irony that it took a 14-inning game to make that so ¿ but manager Buck Showalter didn¿t view it as a huge accomplishment.
When the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game series Tuesday at Camden Yards, the two most effective relievers in the American League will be in uniform. It's fair to speculate that without Orioles closer Jim Johnson and Rays closer Fernando Rodney, their teams probably wouldn't be in playoff contention.
The Orioles are just one game out of first place in the AL East, and they'll be rooting for the Rays to beat the Yankees tonight to give them a change to have a share of first place for the first time since June 7.
In Tuesday¿s 5-4 win over the Mariners in Seattle Tuesday, Xavier Avery began his third stint with the Orioles this season ¿ he was recalled when the club placed second baseman Brian Roberts on the DL with a groin strain -- and like the previous two, he was an immediate contributor.
When Robert Andino homered with two outs in the ninth inning and Jim Johnson closed out Tuesday night¿s victory over the Seattle Mariners, the sound you heard was not the Orioles fan base humming the old ¿Oriole Magic¿ theme.
he 26-year-old held the Mariners hitless for 6 1/3 innings before giving up a solo homer to Seattle left fielder Casper Wells, a former Towson University standout.
But watching Seattle break up Chen¿s bid for a perfect game couldn¿t compare to watching the Orioles bullpen nearly give away the game.
Long a solid center fielder and one of baseball's best baserunners, Curtis Granderson has turned into a beast at the plate since working with New York Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long to rework his swing.