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.
Only 10 Major League Baseball teams, including the Baltimore Orioles, don't have a naming rights deal or a pending one for their ballparks. Such deals — which can produce revenue of more than $10 million a year — have become the norm in professional sports. But don't expect any changes at Camden Yards.
Though there is no question that Johnny Bench was one of the greatest catchers of all time, I'm still trying to figure out how he ended up being introduced before the All-Star Game as one of baseball's four greatest living players.
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."
Former Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. stepped onto the field at Ripken Stadium before Wednesday's Aberdeen IronBirds game, and he was en route to two waiting chairs near home plate, his designated spot for the third of five pre-game interviews he is scheduled to give this season.
Neither Orioles third baseman Manny Machado nor manager Buck Showalter believe participating in Monday's Home Run Derby will negatively impact Machado's season, or the swing that has produced a career-high 19 home runs.
The fact that the Orioles and Royals each will send two relief pitchers to Cincinnati next week is emblematic of the outsized role that their bullpens have played in the dramatic resurgence of both franchises. Sure, there have been some pundits grumbling about the presence of setup man Darren O'Day on the AL team, but the best seventh-inning and eighth-inning relievers have been getting more All-Star love in recent years and it's about time.
Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. said Tuesday on a conference call that despite a rash of early-season injuries, the 2015 edition of the Orioles are ¿positioned pretty well¿ for the rest of the season with the core of its team now healthy.
Orioles hird baseman Manny Machado has to be the most likely Orioles player to be named to the AL squad. Machado is off to the best start of his career, hitting .299/.356/.522 with 17 homers and 46 RBIs.
After being robbed of a home run for the second consecutive game Sunday afternoon, Chris Davis reached for the nearest white towel inside the Orioles dugout and waved it in surrender. Home run-saving catches don't occur very often, let alone to the same player on back-to-back days, but that's what happened to Davis.
Faced with a glut of outfielders that forced them to carry more outfielders than relievers for nearly a week, the Orioles on Wednesday designated outfielder Delmon Young for assignment to make room for reliever Tyler Wilson.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones' chances of being voted to start in the All-Star game took a major hit Monday as he dropped two spots in the latest American League All-Star Game fan balloting results released Monday.