The Orioles aren't likely to win the bidding war that is sure to develop for Chris Davis, and the only hope of them doing so is if agent Scott Boras can convince Peter Angelos that Davis is so valuable to the team that the Orioles can't afford not to sign him to a contract far outside the normal economic parameters that govern their payroll.
When the Orioles traded Jake Arrieta to the Chicago Cubs on July of 2013, he was toiling in Triple-A , still struggling to fulfill tremendous expectations placed on both him by both the club and himself since he had been anointed one of the promising young home-grown arms destined to bring the Orioles back to respectability.
Dusty Baker was officially introduced as the new manager of the Washington Nationals on Thursday morning. He said this will be his final managerial job and he's looking to check off the final box on his bucket list -- a world title as manager.
Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon quickly became Orioles Enemy No. 1 on Wednesday night when he threw a fastball near Manny Machado¿s head and then bounced another one off his shoulder in the ninth inning of the Orioles¿ 4-3 victory at Nationals Park, but it wasn¿t like he was beloved figure in Baltimore to begin with.
As the Orioles play the neighboring Nationals this week, hundreds of thousands are expected to flock to Washington, D.C. for Pope Francis¿ first visit to U.S. soil as head of the Roman Catholic Church.
There were no grumblings about the Orioles¿ lack of success with runners in scoring position Sunday afternoon. Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer made that talk nearly obsolete by throwing an absolute gem in the Orioles¿ 3-2 loss before an announced sellout crowd of 46,247 at Camden Yards.
The Orioles didn't fall short of the World Series by much this year, and the obvious case can be made that the return of some key players will make them a stronger team in 2015. But this is no time to take the pedal off the metal.
The Tigers¿ season ended in a 2-1 whimper. Until the Martinez boys ripped back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the ninth, their last hit came in the third inning. The end proved indicative of the entire season.
Nelson Cruz broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with a two-run homer off left-hander David Price, giving the Orioles a 2-1 clinching victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
A day after the Detroit Tigers bullpen imploded in Game 1, the same cast of relievers was again responsible for an eighth-inning meltdown that sent the Orioles on the road with a 7-6 win and a 2-0 lead in the American League Division Series.
The Orioles hit two homers and then battered the Detroit Tigers bullpen for an eight-run eighth inning -- turning a one-run game into an all-out rout in a 12-3 win in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
With co-ace Justin Verlander struggling early in the season, Scherzer took on a leading role in the Detroit rotation. But none of that success this year came against the Orioles, and through the first two innings, it didn't look like he would come anywhere close to resembling that pitcher.
As they have all season, the Orioles found a less traditional way to outduel flashier talent. Two first-time postseason performers, starter Chris Tillman and reliever Andrew Miller, combined to produce a better line than Scherzer before the Orioles blew the game open against the Tigers bullpen and won, 12-3.
On Friday, in the Orioles¿ 2-1 win against the Seattle Mariners, Wei-Yin Chen pitched into the eighth in one of his more impressive outings of the season, allowing just five hits and one walk while striking out a season-high eight batters.
If right-hander Chris Tillman is indeed the Orioles¿ ace, if he is indeed a bona fide top starter who can walk into any situation against any club and succeed, than he had the perfect opportunity to prove it Thursday night at Fenway Park.