One of the first things Orioles manager Buck Showalter said to reporters during his pregame news conference Sunday afternoon was about right-hander Dylan Bundy's outing for short-season Single-A Aberdeen on Saturday.
TORONTO -- Four Orioles players are still in line to start for the American League in this year¿s All-Star Game, but one race is getting extremely close, according to the latest AL all-star fan balloting results released Saturday night.
Before "Moneyball" hit the best sellers list and before Brad Pitt brought Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane to the big screen, Dan Duquette's Montreal Expos were perhaps the first incarnation of the Moneyball concept.
Right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom, who exited Friday¿s game in the eighth inning after a liner by Johnny Damon struck bone on the inside of his left knee, left the club briefly Saturday afternoon to have an X-Ray.
Johnny Damon returned to Baltimore to haunt the Orioles against Thursday night. And after the 17-year veteran did so, he wondered aloud why the Orioles didn't want him to play at Camden Yards regularly.
An untimely combination has hit the Orioles at the wrong time. The club's offensive struggles have become just the beginning of the issues facing the Orioles. Now, the team's starting pitching has become unglued.
Fourth and foremost: Orioles need better production in cleanup spot to be successful. Adam Jones and Matt Wieters are the top candidates to fill what has been a weak spot in the lineup in recent years.
Jason Hammel gave himself a passing grade in his first Grapefruit League outing with the Orioles. The right-hander rated his two scoreless innings against the Braves as a "B, C-plus" and said he needs to improve his mechanics.
Dan Duquette tells Orioles fans that reaching .500 is just the starting point. At his first FanFest, the Orioles' executive vice president continues to set the bar high, but not necessarily at signing Prince Fielder.
Luke Scott, the outspoken, energetic slugger who spent four seasons in Baltimore and was named the 2010 Most Valuable Oriole, has agreed to a one-year deal with the division-rival Tampa Bay Rays that includes a 2013 option.
The Orioles uprooted their scouting department, reassigning six pro scouts to amateur scouting. The club also added a Loyola University professor to serve as an economic adviser, helping to evaluate players.
After an abysmal start on Sunday in which he retired just three of the 13 batters he faced, Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz insisted that he was "100 percent healthy." But he looked so out of sync in the 9-6 loss, Rays manager Joe Maddon said Matusz wasn't quite right. "He's not throwing as hard as he used to," he said.
Brian Matusz lasted just 1 1/3 innings Sunday and retired only three of the 13 hitters that he faced, and Evan Longoria hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the Orioles' 9-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before an announced 22,032 at Camden Yards.