Who says the second wild card in baseball has taken the drama out of things? With September now upon us, it seems the entire American League is about to embark on a chase for the league's five playoff spots, with division races and the pursuit of the two additional postseason berths as crowded as ever. The days of pennant races are back again.
The Tampa Bay Rays came back from a three-run deficit to beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-3, in 11 innings Wednesday night and prevent the Red Sox from taking sole possession of first place in the American League East.
Just a couple of years ago, Brad Brach never thought this could happen. He arrived in Baltimore from the San Diego Padres as a 27-year-old former 42nd-round draft pick with just over 100 major league innings to his name.
Ubaldo Jimenez went into his bullpen session Friday with the same goal he has every time he's coming off a bad start: find his fastball command. When he has it, he's as effective as anyone in the league. When he doesn't, as has been the case several times during a trying May, it's easy to tell something is amiss.
Combine his team-leading 13 home runs entering Saturday with back-to-back series against teams that have traded him, and the question begs to be asked: How have three ballclubs decided they'd rather not have Mark Trumbo in their colors?
On Friday, the Orioles will open their longest road trip of the season thus far: a three-city, nine-game, 10-day trip that will take them to face the Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians, forcing them to play games in three different time zones.
While Orioles fans enjoy the April spectacle of sluggers Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo hitting back-to-back and piling up home runs and RBIs, I'm still trying to figure out the logic of the deal that brought Trumbo here in exchange for backup catcher Steve Clevenger.
Fifty years later, Jim Palmer vividly remembers his disbelief as he walked from Memorial Stadium on the evening of Oct. 9, 1966, a newly minted world champion. Palmer is the only player who participated in each of the Orioles' six World Series appearances, all crammed into a remarkable 18-year run of winning baseball. But never did success feel quite so fresh as it did for the 1966 club, which won the organization's first title.
The Orioles on Tuesday acquired minor leaguers Natanael Delgado and Erick Salcedo from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for left-hander Chris Jones, who was designated for assignment off the 40-man roster on March 23.
At first glance, the Orioles¿ acquisition of first baseman/outfielder Efren Navarro on Tuesday appeared to be another one of the many deals for cash that occur every offseason and most fans forget about easily. But the 29-year-old Navarro could find a home with the Orioles.
The Orioles made a minor trade with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday afternoon, acquiring left-handed-hitting outfielder Efren Navarro for cash. The Orioles designated right-handed-hitting outfielder L.J. Hoes for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
This year, Dan Duquette promised to be proactive and he delivered on that promise with the pre-winter meetings deal for Mark Trumbo, who probably isn't going to make anyone forget Chris Davis if the Orioles lose the bidding war for this year's team MVP but would be a reasonable facsimile under the circumstances.
Matt Klentak completes the Philadelphia Phillies' leadership makeover. Two people familiar with the decision said the Phillies will hire Klentak to be their general manager. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the team hasn't announced the move.