On the six-year anniversary of Adam Jones' contract extension that kept him off the free-agent market and in Baltimore through his prime, he and the club reflect on what made the last such deal they signed worthwhile and why others haven't had the same opportunity.
As spring training is about to being, storylines to watch around baseball include the two slugging superstars in pinstripes, will Clayton Kershaw opt out of his contract and did the Cubs do enough to win another World Series title?
Losing three games in a row in New York has changed the vocabulary surrounding the Orioles, with fans and commentators suddenly wondering aloud if this team should be focusing on the second wild card rather than defending their 2014 division title.
The Orioles left the Bronx with barely a whisper, swept in a three-game series at Yankee Stadium for the first time under manager Buck Showalter with a 9-3 loss to the Yankees in front of an announced crowd of 46,875 on Thursday afternoon.
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.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed that right-hander Kevin Gausman will start Wednesday's game in New York, meaning the Orioles will have to make another roster move to make room for the 24-year-old that has shuttled between the minors and majors again this year.
The Orioles on Sunday claimed right-hander reliever Jorge Rondon off waivers from the Colorado Rockies and transferred catcher Matt Wieters to the 60-day disabled list to create 40-man roster space for him. Rondon will be assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.
The Orioles bullpen couldn¿t preserve a two-run lead as right-hander Tommy Hunter allowed a grand slam to pinch hitter Stephen Drew in the top of the seventh inning. Despite that, the Orioles still had hope, but plated just one run in the bottom half of the inning after loading the bases with one out.
Playing before another split and soldout crowd at Camden Yards — this sellout, the seventh here this year, was announced at 46,667 — the Orioles were shut out for the seventh time this season and first since June 13 against Toronto.
Orioles third baseman Jonathan Schoop knows he will have his share of growing pains at the major league level, but as he struggled through the first five games of the season, one of his teammates noticed that something was amiss with the 22-year-old.
Following the Orioles¿ 4-2 loss to New York in the Yankees¿ home opener at Yankees Stadium on Monday afternoon, right-handed starter Ubaldo Jimenez talked about being crippled by not being able to locate his breaking ball.
As Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette sat in his office at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on a sunny afternoon earlier this month, overlooking a well-manicured cloverleaf of fields, a bitter winter seemed like an eternity ago in more ways than one.