The Orioles acquired the left-handed-hitting outfielder they had been seeking all offseason, trading a minor league pitcher and a player to be named later to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night for Travis Snider.
With their top free-agent choice for an outfield spot, Colby Rasmus, now off the board after agreeing to a one-year, $8 million deal with the Houston Astros, the Orioles will continue to explore other available options.
Defense has been a key component to the Orioles' resurgence in the last three seasons, and on Tuesday they had three players selected as American League Gold Glove Award winners for the third straight year.
Tuesday night¿s game -- and the momentum of the Orioles' September push toward the postseason -- both took a turn for the worse in the eighth inning of Baltimore 7-5 loss to the Yankees at Camden Yards.
Over the course of a 162-game season, some wins can get lost, but the Orioles' 4-2 victory over the Yankees on Sunday night was one that will likely resonate in the hearts of fans in Baltimore for a while.
Orioles reliever Pedro Strop had allowed just one earned run in his last 13 appearances for a 0.79 ERA in his last 11 1/3 innings heading into Monday night. That¿s a dramatic improvement over his early season struggles when he allowed seven earned runs in his first seven appearances.
On couches all over Baltimore, J.J. Hardy's game-winning RBI double in the 13th inning must have seemed like a dream, especially since the Orioles spent most of Thursday night putting fans to sleep with their offensive ineptitude.
There was some speculation that New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi might drop Alex Rodriguez in Wednesday's lineup because the aging star is 1-for-9 with five strikeouts in the series so far. But the lineups are out and Rodriguez is batting third as the Yankees¿ designated hitter.
These surprising Baltimore Orioles have shown resilience all season. And they did it again Monday, rebounding from a ninth inning implosion the night before to slip past the New York Yankees, 3-2, to even up the American League Division Series at 1-1.
Asked if his team was happy with a split in Baltimore, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said: "You don't come here saying you want to split. You come here wanting to win every game, and we didn't win today."
Russell Martin's solo homer off Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson in the ninth inning kickstarted a five-run rally for the New York Yankees, who took Game 1 of the American League Division Series, 7-2. Game 2 is tonight at Camden Yards.
First, the Orioles took the out ¿ and the air ¿ out of Yankees Stadium, jumping on the hosts to take a quick three-run lead Saturday afternoon. But knowing the way the Yankees play here in the Bronx, no lead is safe.
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.