In their ongoing pursuit of adding a hitter to a potential postseason roster, the Orioles have claimed Seattle Mariners outfielder-first baseman Michael Morse off trade waivers -- which comes on the heels of the news that the Orioles also had claimed Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.
The impending return of switch-hitter Wilson Betemit from the injury he suffered in spring training does not preclude the Orioles from adding a designated hitter within the next two weeks, according to the club¿s top executive.
Left-hander T.J. McFarland, a 23-year-old who was acquired by the Baltimore Orioles this winter in the Rule 5 draft, made his major-league debut against the Minnesota Twins and pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
Three batters later, Justin Morneau laced a two-out single against Jim Johnson (0-1) to break a 5-5 tie. Minnesota's closer Glen Perkins picked up his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth, setting up a rubber match Sunday at Camden Yards.
Through the opening week of the new season, the Orioles have delighted their fans with an offensive cornucopia and a handful of exciting victories over the Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins, which is just the kind of first impression they were hoping to make after last year's uplifting playoff run.
Chris Tillman had a rocky outing Saturday night in his first start of the season, which came hours after he was activated from the 15-day disabled list. The Baltimores Orioles right-hander lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed five earned runs.
Orioles lefty Brian Matusz is hoping to springboard back into the starting rotation after embracing a reliever role and becoming an integral part of the Orioles sealing their first playoff berth in 15 years.
The Orioles and outfielder Nate McLouth, one of their key stretch run players from last year¿s playoff season, agreed to a one-year deal Wednesday, essentially shutting the door on acquiring more major league outfielders, including free agent Nick Swisher.
Now that Nate McLouth has re-signed with the Orioles, agreeing to a one-year, $2 million deal with $500,000 additional available in bonuses based on plate appearances, what does it mean for the club this offseason and for the 2013 season?
Lefty Zach Britton issued a career-high six walks and couldn¿t get out of the fifth inning, contributing to the Orioles blowing a three-run lead to the Twins in a 6-4 loss in front of an announced 32,202.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter talks a lot about "passing the baton," but he usually is referring to hitters having the patience to take a walk and trust the next guy in the lineup to keep the rally going. Apparently, it also applies to the starting rotation, which has strung together three terrific performances in the Orioles opening series against the Minnesota Twins.
Brian Roberts said he had just experienced his first pain-free two weeks since the concussion. Friends were telling him he looks completely different from the way he did as recently as September. He and his doctors say he'll be recovered by spring and in the Oriole lineup for 2012.