Outfielder Joey Rickard jump-started his season for the Tides on Friday with a 5-for-5 effort in their 5-2 win over Buffalo at Harbor Park. Rickard, 26, entered the game batting .250 (7-for-28), but left it batting .364 with an .899 OPS.
In some major league cities, the month of November is a time of optimism and rebirth, as rebuilding teams shop the free-agent market and ponder trades to improve themselves for a new season that is less than four months away. In Baltimore, we've gotten used to the more deliberate management style of baseball operations chief Dan Duquette and know not to expect a whole lot to happen before the new year.
Sunday's loss to the Seattle Mariners dropped the Orioles to 4-5 on a homestand that featured the division rival Boston Red Sox, the last-place Houston Astros and up-and-coming but below .500 Seattle team.
The best homer-hitting team in baseball did it again Friday night, launching three longballs -- including Chris Davis' 40th homer of the season and Nate McLouth's first career grand slam -- to beat the Seattle Mariners, 11-8, at Camden Yards.
It was just a matter of time before Adam Jones picked up his 30th homer of the season. Jones hit a full-count slider over the left field wall in the 11th inning on Wednesday to give the Orioles a 3-1 victory and their first sweep in Seattle since May, 1997.
The Baltimore Orioles sent eight batters to the plate in the first and nine more in the second, staking starter Chris Tillman to a 7-0 lead by the time he stepped onto the mound in the bottom of the second.