Outfielder Mark Trumbo hit a pair of home runs to give him nine on the season and lead the way for a 4-1 Orioles win over the struggling New York Yankees before an announced 16,083 at Camden Yards on Tuesday.
This year, the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association baseball coaches decided the St. Mary's Saints were ready to move from the B conference, where they are the two-time defending champions, to the tough A conference.
On Saturday, as an estimated 11,500 filled the Convention Center for the Orioles' annual FanFest, the club's message was clear: While the Orioles still want to retain Chris Davis, they are prepared to move on without him.
Losing three games in a row in New York has changed the vocabulary surrounding the Orioles, with fans and commentators suddenly wondering aloud if this team should be focusing on the second wild card rather than defending their 2014 division title.
The Orioles left the Bronx with barely a whisper, swept in a three-game series at Yankee Stadium for the first time under manager Buck Showalter with a 9-3 loss to the Yankees in front of an announced crowd of 46,875 on Thursday afternoon.
The Orioles' three-game series at Yankee Stadium provided the opportunity to gain ground on the division-leading New York Yankees. Instead, the Orioles fell six games out of first place in the American League East after their 4-3 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night in front of an announced 43,887.
The Texas Rangers are not the homer-happy club that they were during their glory years a few seasons ago, ranking fifth of 15 American League teams this year. But something about Camden Yards brings out that Texas power. On Tuesday the Rangers hit four homers for a second consecutive night to beat the Orioles, 8-6, before an announced 27,370. It was the seventh time since 2005 that the Rangers have homered at least four times in a game in Baltimore.
The New York Yankees arrived in Baltimore this week atop the American League East, still challenging the popular notion that they are an over-the-hill gang of overpaid players who are a couple of sore hamstrings away from crashing back to earth. Certainly, there are some players in those pinstripes whose odometers could roll over at any time, but the Yankees have proved through the years that it's a dangerous business to underestimate them.
A decade ago, it was nicknamed the "American League Beast," the biggest, baddest division in all of baseball. It featured the sport's two free-spending behemoths and three other talented but inferior teams that seemingly prayed for the gift of realignment to win a title. But the American League East has become — gasp — anyone's race each season, with four clubs winning the division title in the past five years. Only the Toronto Blue Jays haven't captured the crown recently.
Manny Machado records four RBIs, hits one of Orioles' three homers as club wins season-high sixth straight game, 9-4 over the Yankees, to pull within two games of first place. The Orioles improved to 31-30, moving back above .500 for the first time since they were 12-11 on May 3.
The Orioles have won four straight and six of their last seven as they open their three-game series against the division-leading New York Yankees. But tonight, they will face Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, who recorded arguably the most dominating pitching performance against the Orioles last season.
In all likelihood, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and utility man Ryan Flaherty will be on their way to New York this morning to meet up with the team for tonight¿s series opener against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
The Orioles bullpen couldn¿t preserve a two-run lead as right-hander Tommy Hunter allowed a grand slam to pinch hitter Stephen Drew in the top of the seventh inning. Despite that, the Orioles still had hope, but plated just one run in the bottom half of the inning after loading the bases with one out.
To many, the high salaries of professional athletes can be a source of envy. But their big paydays come with a darker side – many face bankruptcy or financial distress after spending too freely, going through a divorce or failing to line up a job upon retirement.
The Orioles hit three home runs, including Nelson Cruz's 40th of the season, and had 17 hits in a 5-4 win over the Yankees in front of an announced 43,201, putting a dagger in New York's already faint postseason hopes.
It's been a year on the move for Glen Burnie's Steve Clevenger, and one that brought him to the right place at the right time: with the Baltimore Orioles just as the team hit a milestone this past week with its first American League Championship since 1997.
Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman didn't have his best outing Sunday night against the New York Yankees, but he still extended his remarkable streak of consistency that has now lasted more than three months as he has solidified his spot as the club's ace.