After two returned last week, more AL East teams are back in the power rankings this week. Has the Orioles¿ hot stretch been enough to make them one of the lucky 10? As always, these rankings are completely subjective, and yet objectively correct.
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.
It really doesn't matter whether one of baseball's tiniest markets has decided to totally rock the Internet-based All-Star vote or some brilliant miscreants have simply hacked it to monopolize the American League lineup with Kansas City Royals. What matters is that Major League Baseball has left the integrity of the World Series to dangle in the middle of this latest ballot controversy
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been climbing the milestone ladder pretty consistently this year. Following Thursday's loss in Philadelphia, Showalter is still just two wins away from tying Hall of Famer Cap Anson for 32nd all time with 1,295. With the firing of San Diego's Bud Black on Monday, Showalter is now fifth among active managers for longest tenure with their current club.
A set of hot streaks catapulted some long-gone teams back into the rankings this week, including a pair of American League East teams. Were the Orioles one of them? As always, these rankings are completely subjectively, yet still objectively correct.
Injured Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop joined the team in Baltimore on Monday, continuing his rehab with early work at second base before Monday's game. He will work out with the team through Thursday and is slated to report to Double-A Bowie on Friday to being his rehab assignment.
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.
Four University of Maryland players were selected on the final day of the MLB Draft Wednesday, giving the school a record eight players drafted this year and headlining a sizable crop of players with state ties to be selected.
On Tuesday, Eduardo Rodriguez will be making his third major league start for the division-rival Boston Red Sox -- against the Orioles at Camden Yards. Rodriguez, who was hesitantly dealt to Boston for left-handed reliever Andrew Miller at last year's trade deadline, has been marvelous in his brief time with the Red Sox, allowing just one run in 14 2/3 innings over two starts, yielding just five hits while striking out 14 and walking four.
Maybe designated hitter Jimmy Paredes is not going to be a career .340 hitter, but the Orioles are in no position to discount that possibility after the way he came off the disabled list and climbed to the top of the American League batting rankings. So they might need to find him a position in the future.
Placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis Friday, right-hander Kevin Gausman won't know how long he will be out until he sees team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs on Monday. But when he does return to the mound, it will likely be as a starter for Triple-A Norfolk.
Orioles fans didn't necessarily enjoy the offseason as they watched key players depart in free agency and learned of health setbacks for some of the stars who remained. Yet they've developed a deep faith in the players and decision-makers who brought winning baseball back to Baltimore.
Jeremy Guthrie strode to the table with a television camera trained on him, settling down behind a pair of microphones. His voice clear and his words concise, Guthrie announced in a mock news conference that he was hanging up his cleats.
If shortstop J.J. Hardy had not spent most of the 2014 season trying to play through a painful back injury that forced him to alter his swing and trade power for playing time, would he have bypassed free agency for the three-year, $40 million contract he signed right in the middle of the Orioles' postseason run?
The last time Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was here in Sarasota, he was serving his 25-game suspension for illegal Adderall use, the biggest fish in a small pond getting his swings in during instructional league games.
The Orioles have added another player to their spring training camp, signing utility infielder Jayson Nix to a minor league deal worth $750,000 if he makes the team. He can add another $50,000 in incentives, a source confirmed.
The Ravens can talk all they want about the clean slate they earned with Sunday¿s 20-10 comeback victory over the Cleveland Browns, but they¿ll need more than an eraser to get past the late-season problems that made Week 17 so suspenseful.