The Orioles might not decide for another few days whether right-hander Yovani Gallardo will need one more minor league rehab start before returning from the disabled list, but manager Buck Showalter said he is encouraged by an increase in Gallardo's fastball velocity.
It certainly would be a treat for Orioles fans if they could dispatch the Blue Jays and send Jose "Bat Flip" Bautista and his friends packing before heading back out on the road to face the world champion Kansas City Royals this weekend.
It was just Chris Tillman's first Grapefruit League start, and second game action of the spring after being limited by a hip strain that pushed back his debut. Yet his outing Tuesday fits too comfortably into the growing concern about the starting rotation to be qualified by that. It's early for everyone, but for a staff that entered the season with questions, answers have been few.
Tonight at 11:59 p.m. is the deadline for the Orioles to set their 40-man roster ahead of next month¿s Rule 5 draft, and the club likely will protect a couple of additional minor leaguers since their roster is currently at 37.
The dramatic home run that Chris Davis launched into the stratosphere late Wednesday night probably isn't going to propel the Orioles into the postseason, but it should get people high up in the organization to ponder what next year might be like without him.
Chris Davis has mentioned how much last year's early season oblique injury affected him throughout a disappointing 2014. Though he came into this season healthy, the residual effects of that injury lingered in the early parts of this season, Davis said. Now, that's a thing of the past.
Orioles slugger Chris Davis has been on quite a roll recently, but Wednesday¿s heroics took him and his team to another level. His full-count, one-out grand slam in the 10th inning at O.co Coliseum broke a tie and ultimately gave the Orioles a 7-3 victory over the Oakland A's before an announced crowd of 20,176.
Each time Orioles third baseman Manny Machado came to the plate this week in Oakland, he¿s been booed by a faction of the fans in the O.co Coliseum. On Tuesday, one screamed vulgarities at Machado loud enough that it could be heard clearly in the press box.
Orioles reliever Darren O'Day didn't pitch in Tuesday's All Star Game, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have an on-field moment worth crowing about. "I robbed a home run at the wall in batting practice," said O'Day, who said he shagged a would-be homer by Los Angeles Angels outfielder Albert Pujols. "That was one of my goals."
The Orioles will open their three-game series against the Red Sox tonight at Fenway Park. They swept the Red Sox two weeks ago in Baltimore, but Boston is coming off a road series win over the American League Central-leading Kansas City Royals.
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.
A decade ago, it was nicknamed the "American League Beast," the biggest, baddest division in all of baseball. It featured the sport's two free-spending behemoths and three other talented but inferior teams that seemingly prayed for the gift of realignment to win a title. But the American League East has become — gasp — anyone's race each season, with four clubs winning the division title in the past five years. Only the Toronto Blue Jays haven't captured the crown recently.
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.
Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez faced the Toronto Blue Jays on the road for the second time this spring on Sunday afternoon, and he could face them again in the first home series of the regular season.
The Orioles haven't given up on re-signing right fielder Nick Markakis, or as executive vice president Dan Duquette puts it: "We're still working on it. It's in process for the Orioles." But there's no question now that the competition is on.
When Orioles closer Zach Britton took a comebacker off the inside of his right elbow in the ninth inning of Monday¿s 4-2 win over the Angels, Britton made sure he got the out first before giving in to the pain.