After taking a tie game into the bottom of the eighth, the Orioles were on the brink of disaster as reliever Darren O¿Day loaded the bases with no outs. Somehow, O¿Day escaped the inning without allowing a run, and the Orioles rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to give them a 5-3 win over the Jays in front of a sellout crowd of 46,018.
Opening Day is a celebration of a new season, with looks back at previous successes and excitement for the future. Here are the highlights and firsts of Friday's home opener between the Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Ubaldo Jimenez's biggest goal for spring training is to make the mechanical adjustments he's working on in his delivery feel like second nature, so he can concentrate on getting hitters out rather than his form.
In his second spring start, right-hander Miguel Gonzalez allowed two runs over three innings as the Orioles lost, 5-2, to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon in front of an announced sellout crowd of 7,403, the team¿s fifth sellout in six home games at Ed Smith Stadium.
A day after Orioles manager Buck Showalter finished second in the Sporting News' American League Manager of the Year voting, none of the team's players were selected for the publication's AL All-Star team.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before Thursday's game that he faced some difficult choices in selecting the team's American League Division Series roster, but he said the decision to add right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez gives his 11-man pitching staff a dynamic that he likes.
With their spot in the American League Division Series solidified, the Orioles have rested starters while auditioning players ahead of some tough playoff roster decisions. But they've also committed seven errors in the last three games — including three on Saturday — which is uncharacteristic for manager Buck Showalter's defensive-minded club.
Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman has been suspended six games and handed an undisclosed fine by Major League Baseball for throwing at Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph¿s head in the sixth inning of Monday¿s game.
Toronto Blue Jays rookie right-hander Marcus Stroman, who threw a head-high, 92-mph fastball behind Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph in the sixth inning Monday, said Tuesday that he meant no harm to Joseph and doesn't want to be known as a head hunter.
The Orioles took one humongous step toward winning the American League East with their 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, giving the club an opportunity to clinch the division title with a win Tuesday.
While Ubaldo Jimenez delivered a quality start ¿ albeit a wobbly one in which he battled his control ¿ the Orioles still dropped a 4-0 decision to the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays in front of an announced sellout crowd of 44,031 at Camden Yards.
Before Thursday's series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards, Orioles manager Buck Showalter took a step back from his statement Wednesday that a six-man rotation could be a possibility once right-hander Miguel Gonzalez returns from the disabled list.
But the Orioles' faint postseason hopes died with their 3-2 10 inning loss combined with the Cleveland Indians' 5-4 walkoff win over the Chicago White Sox. It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Orioles, tying a season high.
The MRI performed on Orioles third baseman Manny Machado's left knee has this afternoon has been read by a radiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, but the club won't announce the findings until team ordopedist Dr. John Wilckens also reads the results.
Moments after Orioles third baseman Manny Machado crumbled to the ground beyond the first base bag with an apparent left leg injury on Monday afternoon, fellow major leaguers extended their best wishes to one of the game's brightest young starts.