When Ubaldo Jimenez walked off the mound in the fourth inning in the nightcap of the Orioles' split doubleheader Saturday night, a split of their twin bill against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park seemed unlikely.
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz and injured catcher Matt Wieters still lead their respective positions in American League All-Star Game voting, according to fan voting results released by Major League Baseball on Monday afternoon.
Orioles outfielder-designated hitter Nelson Cruz was invited to participate in this year's All-Star Game Home Run Derby earlier this week, but the major leagues' co-home run leader said Sunday he likely won't take part in the event.
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis ranked 10th among American League outfielders in the most recent All-Star Game fan balloting, but manager Buck Showalter campaigned Wednesday for the team's longest-tenured player to make his first All-Star Game.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who has missed the past five weeks with discomfort in his throwing arm, will undergo elbow ligament reconstruction surgery Tuesday that will end his season, the club announced.
Having the All-Star Game in Baltimore would give the Orioles a chance to tout the team's turnaround from years of dismal results, as well as give an incentive with season-ticket packages for 2015 and 2016 if the club ties access to the event to longer season plans. And it would pump millions into the local economy, while giving Peter G. Angelos one of his biggest moments as Orioles owner on a national stage.
Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz's remarkable May wasn't enough to win the American League Player of the Month award, as hot-hitting Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion beat him for the honor.
Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz has passed David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox as the top All-Star Game vote-getter at his position in the American League, according to results released Monday by Major League Baseball.
Manny Machado had successful surgery to repair the medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee Monday in Los Angeles, but the Orioles All-Star third baseman could miss the beginning of the 2014 season.
Despite an initial prognosis that indicated Orioles third baseman Manny Machado could avoid surgery on his injured left knee, the Orioles¿ 21-year-old All-Star has decided to undergo a reconstructive surgical procedure on the knee Monday in Los Angeles, the club announced Thursday night.
With the announcement he will be on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated this week, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis joined some elite company. Former Orioles including Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. have graced the cover of the magazine since its start in 1954, as have decorated athletes like Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan.