The Orioles expected to acquire additional players at this week's winter meetings, but they enter the final day preparing to return to Baltimore with nothing more than a Rule 5 pick. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Wednesday that the Orioles expect to make a selection in Thursday morning's Rule 5 draft.
It's so clear now. The deal that brought Hall of Famer Frank Robinson to Baltimore — exactly 50 years ago — is the best trade in Orioles history for so many reasons that there really is no room for debate on the subject. On Dec. 9, 1965, the Orioles sent starting pitcher Milt Pappas, reliever Jack Baldschun and outfielder Dick Simpson to the Cincinnati Reds for a former National League Rookie of the Year and MVP who would immediately lead the club to its first World Series title.
Tonight at 11:59 p.m. is the deadline for the Orioles to set their 40-man roster ahead of next month¿s Rule 5 draft, and the club likely will protect a couple of additional minor leaguers since their roster is currently at 37.
Up until Saturday, free agents were only able to negotiate with their 2015 clubs, but this morning the market is officially opened up to all teams. Free agents are now free to negotiate and sign with any team.
As of 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning, free agents could begin signing with clubs besides the ones they played for in 2015. That means the Orioles' six free agents — Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Davis, Gerardo Parra, Steve Pearce, Darren O'Day and Matt Wieters — can all begin testing their free-agent value elsewhere. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has said the club will have the resources to add players via free agency.
If Wednesday¿s ALDS Game 5 outcomes were any indicator, this year¿s American League Championship Series should be an entertaining one, but watching the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays play for a ticket to the World Series has to make more Orioles fans gag.
Major League Baseball tried something a little different this year, syncing up all games on Oct. 4 to potentially ramp up excitement in case any playoff races could be decided or tiebreakers forced on the final day of the regular season.
When the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners early Tuesday morning, the Orioles' pursuit of the 2015 playoffs officially ended after weeks of sputtering and hoping. With that elimination comes the reality that this Orioles club likely will undergo drastic changes in the next few months.
Following a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Monday night in front of an announced crowd of 19,093 at Camden Yards, Toronto could celebrate their first division crown since 1993 as early as Tuesday on the Orioles' home field.
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.
The Orioles reaped their revenge against the Nationals without further incident, sweeping their beltway battle with a 5-4 victory over the Nationals Thursday afternoon in front of an announced 28,456 in the makeup game of Monday¿s rainout.
Both dugouts emptied Wednesday night in the ninth inning of the Orioles' 4-3 comeback win when third baseman Manny Machado was hit on the left shoulder by a Jonathan Papelbon 93-mph fastball after Machado had hit a go-ahead two-run homer in his previous at-bat.
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.
Don¿t think anybody really expected the Orioles to win all the rest of their games, but their lopsided defeat Wednesday night had to sting. It was just too resounding and the O¿s offensive performance was just too passive to take anything positive out of the experience.
It's still possible for the Orioles to go on the mother of all late-season winning streaks and climb over several other clubs to snatch the second American League wild card entry, but it's still not plausible.
The Orioles entered the weekend with the fourth-best home record (37-22) in the American League, behind only the Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros. So, no one should be surprised that they are having a pretty good homestand. If they could parlay that .627 winning percentage over the final 40 games of the season — home and away — they would finish with close to 90 victories.
Steve Clevenger, who was the designated hitter for the second consecutive game, hadn¿t homered since he was with the Chicago Cubs in 2012. That was shortly before he was sent to the Orioles, along with Scott Feldman, in the deal the shipped Jake Arrieta to Chicago.
Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman said the stat line from his last start didn't tell the entire story of how he pitched in Friday's 8-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Gausman, 24, was charged with six runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings, allowing the second-most runs in his seven big league starts this season.
Since reliever Oliver Drake (Navy) returned from the disabled list on July 29, he had six strikeouts and three hits allowed in five scoreless outings entering Friday. Drake missed about three weeks because of injury, and has spent time in the majors this season, but went into the weekend with 26 straight scoreless appearances at Triple-A, last allowing a run on April 26.
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.
With the trade deadline looming, these Sports Blitz power rankings double as a list of teams who will be buying at the deadline to solidify their title chances. Everyone on the outside is just playing catch-up to teams here, some of whom ¿ like the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros ¿ have already made their move. As always, these rankings are completely subjective, yet objectively correct.
Goalie Grant Farley comes up big as Baltimore Celtic Darby 01/02 prevailed, 4-3, on penalty kicks against EC Real Galaxy FC 01 to win the under-13 boys title at the US Youth Soccer National Championships on Saturday night in Tulsa, Okla.
It was nearly eight years ago to the day when Andy MacPhail stood behind a podium and outlined his immediate plans to fix a once-proud baseball organization that was in a 10-year tailspin. This past week, MacPhail, sounding every bit as assured, vowed to do those same three things as he accepted another significant challenge: resurrecting the Philadelphia Phillies, an organization in steep decline.
First baseman Christian Walker enjoyed his best month in Triple-A in June, batting .337/.411/.480 with a pair of home runs and eight doubles in 25 games. The 24-year-old Walker, who debuted for the Orioles last September, entered Friday's game batting .275 and carried an 11-game hitting streak into the weekend, with three of his five home runs on the season coming in that stretch.
The Texas Rangers are not the homer-happy club that they were during their glory years a few seasons ago, ranking fifth of 15 American League teams this year. But something about Camden Yards brings out that Texas power. On Tuesday the Rangers hit four homers for a second consecutive night to beat the Orioles, 8-6, before an announced 27,370. It was the seventh time since 2005 that the Rangers have homered at least four times in a game in Baltimore.