Catcher Caleb Joseph started again Wednesday, his fourth start in the Orioles' last five games. This time, Joseph started against a right-hander after making his previous three starts against left-handers.
In his fifth plate appearance Tuesday, Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer to cap the Orioles' six-run eighth inning in an 8-3 win over the Rangers in front of an announced 31,542 at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
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.
Catcher Matt Wieters' second light throwing session was successful, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. It was much like his first session on Friday, when he made 25 throws from about 75 feet while playing catch with bench coach John Russell.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter wasn't searching for excuses after the Orioles' 3-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Thursday night. He made it clear that the replay challenge he lost on a close play at the plate wasn't the reason his team lost.
In his two years with the Orioles, infielder Mark Reynolds was a clubhouse favorite for his self-deprecating humor and his key role in the 2012 playoff run with his powerful bat and solid defense at first base.
Catcher Matt Wieters celebrated his 28th birthday Wednesday on the road with his team. But Wieters is still waiting out the stiffness in his right elbow, and he remains unsure about when he'll be able to test it by throwing.
Chris Davis hit three homers, including back-to-back shots with left fielder Nelson Cruz in a four-run fifth, as the Orioles bashed the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-2, in their first game at PNC Park since 2011.
Orioles left-hander Zach Britton handled the bat well in limited action in 2011, and the club thought he might be needed to pitch multiple innings and stay in the game when the pitcher's spot in the lineup comes up.
Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph picked up his first career major League hit in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday night when he lined a fastball from Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly on an 0-1 count to center field.
Even though right-hander Preston Guilmet has been primarily a one-inning reliever pitching at Triple-A Norfolk this season, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he believes Guilmet can provide the club the length it needs.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Monday he wouldn't be engaging in contract extension talks with any players during the season -- meaning the futures of pending free agents J.J. Hardy, Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis will be on hold until after this season ends.