In the days leading up to the Orioles' season opener Monday, manager Buck Showalter considered several different lineups. He polled everyone around him — coaches, players, reporters — before narrowing his Opening Day lineup cards down to three. Rookie Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard was on each one, but Showalter didn't know where to hit him. He strongly considered placing him in the leadoff spot and also the thought about hitting him in the No. 2 hole, but ultimately decided to bat Rickard
The Orioles entered their night split-squad home game Saturday night still searching for their first Grapefruit League win of the spring following an ugly 13-2 afternoon road loss to the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium.
As quickly as Camden Yards exalted following Gerardo Parra¿s go-ahead homer Friday night in the bottom of the sixth inning, the ballpark fell silent as the Orioles suffered through a nightmare eighth inning that sent them to a tough-to-digest 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Oriole Park.
By the time the Orioles¿ 15-2 loss to the Twins ended well after midnight, only about 200 of the announced 20,109 remained to witness the entire battering. The PA announcer¿s voice echoed through the seating bowl. Fans chased for foul balls through empty rows of green seats.
In their three-game series against the Minnesota Twins this weekend at Target Field, the Orioles scored just six total runs -- and four of those came on a pair of mammoth two-run home runs by left fielder Nelson Cruz.
With Major League Baseball's trade deadline Wednesday at 4 p.m., Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo does not see the next two days as an opportunity to blow up a struggling team or a chance to spark a late-season push.
Jason Hammel tied a season high for the club with eight strong innings and the Orioles beat the Washington Nationals, 6-2, before a sold-out (and bi-partisan) announced crowd of 41,260 at Nationals Park.
George Horton ran a college baseball powerhouse at Cal State-Fullerton, the kind of program that had no place for someone like Kurt Suzuki. Horton had never seen or heard of Suzuki before a scout pal mentioned the high schooler in Hawaii.
The Orioles rallied for five runs in the bottom of the ninth against A¿s closer Grant Balfour, keyed by catcher Matt Wieters¿ two-run double off the left-field wall and capped by Wilson Betemit¿s first career walk-off homer, to give them a 5-2 win.