The Orioles might have the chance to play the Oakland Athletics again in October, with much higher stakes on the line. But following a humbling, 10-2 loss Sunday afternoon, the Orioles couldn't escape Oakland quick enough.
A day after blowing his third save opportunity of the season in a 5-4 walk-off loss to the A¿s Friday, Orioles closer Zach Britton wanted to get back on the mound as soon as possible to redeem himself.
Any questions as to whether Athletics fans had forgotten about Manny Machado's bat toss and confrontation with A¿s third baseman Josh Donaldson late month were answered quickly Friday night in the Orioles' series opener in Oakland.
Machado said he has moved on from the incident, but it will be the first time he will be on the field with A¿s who criticized Machado¿s actions following the bat toss and Machado¿s confrontation with third baseman Josh Donaldson for what he thought was a hard tag.
There's a distinct dichotomy that surrounds Orioles center fielder Adam Jones in Baltimore. He is the club's most consistent performer and surely one of its most ardent community ambassadors. And yet he also receives the most criticism from fans for his play.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had his suspension appeal hearing Wednesday at the team's offices in the B&O Warehouse, and said he thought it went well. Now he'll wait to hear whether his five-game suspension for throwing a bat during the Orioles-Oakland Athletics game June 8 will be reduced.
As Manny Machado appealed the five-game suspension he received Tuesday, the Orioles prepared for life without the third baseman, as well as attempting to make sure a similar incident doesn't happen again.
Now that Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has apologized for Sunday¿s bat-throwing incident, his fate is in the hands of Major League Baseball. A decision on a suspension is expected to come down at some point on Tuesday. I¿d be surprised if Machado didn¿t receive at least a four- or five-game suspension. It might be longer.
Manny Machado was given the opportunity to speak to his team in a meeting before Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards. Like he has now done publicly, the Orioles third baseman apologized.
Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz has passed David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox as the top All-Star Game vote-getter at his position in the American League, according to results released Monday by Major League Baseball.
But I¿ve been saying for a while that Manny Machado will win a Gold Glove this season. Those who have watched him this year ¿ and his ability to make both routine and difficult plays seem easy ¿ would agree.
Given the rallies and momentum swings in the Orioles' series opener against the Oakland Athletics on Friday night, it became a game the Orioles needed to win to not only gain ground in the playoff chase but also boost a team¿s psyche.
Orioles reserve catcher Taylor Teagarden is out likely three to four weeks after taking a foul ball to the tip of his left thumb in the sixth inning of the Orioles' 7-3 win over the Oakland A's on Saturday.
When Orioles center fielder Adam Jones came off the Oakland Coliseum field after the bottom of second inning Thursday, he threw his glove dejectedly into the dugout and then made a pronouncement: "I'm going to pick us up. I got it."