It certainly is no secret in Baltimore and beyond that the Orioles starting rotation is in crisis, which just makes it that much more frustrating for fans to watch from afar as 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta continues along his merry way.
Traveling to Texas is as much a homecoming as it is another tough road trip for the Orioles. Chris Davis, Tommy Hunter, Omar Quintanilla, Darren O'Day, Taylor Teagarden and Pedro Strop played for the Rangers.
It¿s true that the Orioles have faced a fierce lineup of arms over the past seven games, but with another dreadful offensive performance Saturday night against the Washington Nationals, their bats have suddenly gone silent.
This is probably a good time to point out that a lot of people thought Dan Duquette was crazy when he traded Jeremy Guthrie to the Colorado Rockies for starting pitcher Jason Hammel and reliever Matt Lindstrom. Of course, he was crazy like a fox.
The streaking Orioles beat the Tigers, 6-5, on Thursday night, giving them their eighth win in 10 games. ... Brian Matusz could get one more start. ... Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron defended the offense¿s pace of play in the fourth quarter of Sunday¿s loss.
Tyrod Taylor left the first quarter with a bruise on his left shoulder and didn't return in the Ravens' 21-7 victory over the Falcons on Thursday night. ... The Ravens decided to take the cautious route by sitting their starting offensive line for the preseason finale. ... Anquan Boldin is OK. ... IndyCar drivers found a number of flaws during their first up-close-and-personal look at the course for this weekend's inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix. ... The Orioles lost to the Blue Jays (one more loss and this will officially be another losing season). ... The Orioles made some roster moves. ... Jeremy Guthrie will continue to wear No. 46.
The Orioles lost to the Blue Jays, 13-0, on Wednesday night. It was their most lopsided shutout loss since July 4, 2006. ... The Orioles introduced first-round draft pick Dylan Bundy to Baltimore during the game. ... The Orioles dealt Michael Gonzalez to the Rangers in a waiver trade for reliever Pedro Strop. ... Rookie Tyrod Taylor, who will get the majority of the snaps in Thursday night's preseason game in Atlanta, is out to prove he's a viable No. 2 quarterback. ... Maryland tailback D.J. Adams and offensive lineman Cody Blue were suspended for Monday night's season opener against Miami for violating team rules.
Dylan Bundy, who agreed to a guaranteed $6.25 million major league contract on Aug. 15, said he is excited to get back on the mound after spending most of the summer in a holding pattern as he and his agent negotiated with the Orioles.
Two months ago, Michael Gonzalez was trying to regain a late-inning role out of the bullpen for the last-place Orioles. Lately, though, the left-hander has been so dominant that the Texas Rangers had to have him for their playoff run.