The ball continued to fly out of Oriole Park on Tuesday night, but unlike the previous 11 games here, the home team provided the power, with the Orioles blasting four home runs in their 9-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Second baseman Jonathan Schoop's right hand was still swollen Friday, one day after he was hit with a pitch in the first inning of Thursday's 6-4 win over Toronto. But Schoop is still hoping that he can get back in the starting lineup.
The Orioles' three-game series at Yankee Stadium provided the opportunity to gain ground on the division-leading New York Yankees. Instead, the Orioles fell six games out of first place in the American League East after their 4-3 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night in front of an announced 43,887.
In Adam Jones' postgame interview following the Orioles' 14-5 win over the New York Yankees, the center fielder took a subtle jab at the media for making a big deal of the team's offensive struggles during the first week of the season.
The Orioles suddenly find themselves with a logjam at second base after they reactivated Robert Andino from the disabled list on Tuesday. Andino, the starter for most of the season, now will compete with Omar Quintanilla for time at the position.
In the Orioles' 8-5 loss to the Yankees, Avery tallied his first hit -- a leadoff double in the first inning -- and drove in this first run with a fifth-inning triple that scored Robert Andino. Avery scored both times he was on base.
New Orioles baseball operations chief Dan Duquette is fond of saying that "the proof is in the pudding," which raises an important question as the Orioles head into their second series of the regular season: What if the pudding is wearing pinstripes?