The Baltimore Orioles are heading back to the postseason for the first time since 1997. After beating the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Sunday afternoon in their regular-season home finale, the Orioles sealed at least a
The Orioles are at the point that all losses are bad losses, that all games are big games. There are only seven games left in this season, the AL wild-card is tightening and they are still just 1 ½ games behind the New York Yankees.
As the regular season winds down, the Orioles insist they aren't sneaking glances at the out-of-town scoreboard in right field of Camden Yards to see how the division-leading New York Yankees are doing.
The Pesky Pole got the best of the Orioles on Sunday afternoon. In the Orioles' 2-1 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the 100-year-old ballpark's fabled right-field corner played a huge part in two key plays.
Depending on the day, Orioles manager Buck Showalter has as many as eight different starting options for his musical-chairs starting rotation. And rookie Steve Johnson has been plucked out of the mix to start the first game of Monday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards.
Orioles second baseman Robert Andino, who was hit in the left earflap of his batting helmet in the ninth inning of Friday night's game, didn't play Saturday because he was still waiting to pass a concussion test.
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.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter likes to say his 2012 Orioles are a "sum of the parts" team, one that doesn't have anyone that really stands out, but plenty of players that help the club win. But in any successful campaign, the inevitable question is: Who is the club's most valuable player?
Chris Tillman (elbow) threw a successful bullpen on Thursday and will likely throw one more Saturday before taking the starting assignment Monday in Seattle. It will be Tillman¿s first outing since leaving the mound on Sept. 2 due to elbow ligament inflammation.
Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, who was hit by a pitch on his left hand in the fifth inning by Sabathia, will miss the rest of the regular season with a broken thumb. Markakis is expected to be out a minimum of six weeks.
With Jason Hammel rejoining the Orioles on Thursday and given the fact that Chris Tillman has yet to be scratched from his next start, I asked Orioles manager Buck Showalter about the concept of going to a six-man rotation for the stretch run.
Since we're admitting our mistakes, I, for one, thought Dan Duquette needed to lay off the caffeine with his roster moves this year. Poor Ron Johnson, the manager at Triple-A Norfolk, needed a sharp pencil with a huge eraser all year.
Take nothing away from the terrific performance by Joe Saunders that on Monday afternoon at Rogers Centre that pulled the O¿s to within a game of first place in the American League East, but it was obvious that the Blue Jays are vulnerable and the O¿s need to take full advantage of them in the final two games of the series.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he¿ll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too.
Joe Saunders held the Blue Jays scoreless for 5 2/3 innings Monday afternoon, helping the Orioles to a 4-0 shutout win over Toronto, snapping a four-game losing streak for the O¿s at the Rogers Centre.
Monday¿s 1 p.m. game will be the team¿s third straight afternoon game ¿ a rarity. And it¿s also unheard of that you come into a new city and play the first game of the series during the day. Sometime uncommon can lead to uncomfortable.