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
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.
The latest chapter in the Dan Duquette-to-Toronto drama took another step forward on Sunday, fueled by a SportsNet report out of Canada that the Blue Jays have ended negotiations with the Orioles on a compensation package to let Duquette out of his contract.
No one is saying exactly why Baltimore has gone from being called a "very, very viable candidate" for the 2016 All-Star Game by baseball commissioner Bud Selig in May to being all-but-officially out of the picture, but you can draw your own conclusions.
In one of his final acts as Major League Baseball commissioner, Bud Selig is expected to officially announce next month which city will host the 2016 All-Star Game, and it is "highly unlikely" that it will be Baltimore, according to an industry source.
No matter how well the Orioles do this season, perhaps the most improbable moment of 2014 for those who have followed this club over the past several years occurred in the third inning of the All-Star Game in Minnesota in July -- and it had little to do with the current Orioles.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday that the Orioles' All-Star bid and the current dispute over Mid-Atlantic Sports Network television rights are not connected — that there is no consideration in holding the All-Star Game hostage from either franchise if the MASN issue continues.
Major league owners will convene in Baltimore next week for their quarterly meeting, and they are expected to elect a new commissioner to replace Bud Selig, who will retire in January after presiding over the sport in both an interim and permanent capacity for more than 22 years.
In Monday night's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, Adam Jones hit a pair of two-run homers for his fifth career multihomer game, providing the Orioles with all the offense they needed in a 4-2 victory at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz and center fielder Adam Jones, the Orioles' two representatives who played in the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Target Field in Minneapolis, had similar results in each of their two at-bats during the annual event.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig told a group of reporters Tuesday in Minneapolis that he believes there will a resolution in the ongoing dispute between the Orioles and the Washington Nationals over Mid-Atlantic Sports Network television rights by the time he leaves office.
Two of the up-and-coming prospects in the Orioles organization, Double-A Bowie outfielder Dariel Alvarez and first baseman Christian Walker, are both likely to be promoted to Triple-A Norfolk following the Eastern League All-Star break this week.
On Wednesday, Bud Norris struggled through his shortest outing of the season. He failed to get an out in the fifth inning, and Orioles pitchers gave up three homers in a 6-2 loss in front of an announced 35,575 at Camden Yards.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones will participate in the Home Run Derby, which will be held Monday at Target Field in Minneapolis, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before his club's game against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.
Three Orioles players -- designated hitter Nelson Cruz, center fielder Adam Jones and catcher Matt Wieters -- were selected by fans to start at their respective positions for the American League in the All-Star Game on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.