Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said his conversations with new shortstop Alcides Escobar have him excited to get the veteran infielder who won the World Series with the Kansas City Royals around his young ballclub and in the clubhouse.
The 2017 Royals dealt with the same problems in the final year of their competitive window as this year's Orioles have. "It's almost like the last year of high school," Kansas City pitcher Jason Hammel said.
The Orioles might not decide for another few days whether right-hander Yovani Gallardo will need one more minor league rehab start before returning from the disabled list, but manager Buck Showalter said he is encouraged by an increase in Gallardo's fastball velocity.
Orioles starter Mike Wright made the most of the opportunity presented to him, earning his first win in nearly three weeks in the Orioles' 4-1 comeback victory over Kansas City. Wright allowed a sole unearned run over seven innings of work, tying his longest start of the season, while holding Kansas City to five hits — four of them singles.
Right-hander Tyler Wilson's spot start on Saturday night was by no means an audition — he was placed in the position because it was the best way for the Orioles to protect their bullpen — but Wilson made a strong case to remain in his team's struggling rotation in his first starting opportunity of the season.
The Orioles¿ rotation issues grew deeper on Friday night as right-hander Yovani Gallardo suffered his shortest outing in nearly four years, lasting just two innings in the Orioles¿ 4-2 loss to the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals.
An Orioles team muddling below .500 with just 20 games left in the regular season -- still six games back of the second American League wild-card spot -- took two of three from a Royals team with the best record in the AL this weekend at Camden Yards.
In a 14-8 comeback victory over the Royals on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 45,420 at Camden Yards, it was as if the Orioles finally released some long-festering frustration on baseball's best bullpen.
The Orioles bashed five homers Wednesday ¿ three off Kansas City¿s prized trade-deadline acquisition, Johnny Cueto ¿ in an 8-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals that snapped their season-worst six-game losing streak in front of an announced crowd 33,003 at Kauffman Stadium.
Following another sub-par performance from right-hander Miguel Gonzalez in the Orioles¿ 3-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night, Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated that Gonzalez will remain in the team¿s starting rotation.
Monday night's series opener ended in an all-too-familiar way, with the Orioles squandering another lead, falling victim to a nightmare seven-run sixth inning in an 8-3 loss to the Royals in front of an announced 27,797 at Kauffman Stadium.
The Orioles will open their three-game series against the Red Sox tonight at Fenway Park. They swept the Red Sox two weeks ago in Baltimore, but Boston is coming off a road series win over the American League Central-leading Kansas City Royals.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones' chances of being voted to start in the All-Star game took a major hit Monday as he dropped two spots in the latest American League All-Star Game fan balloting results released Monday.
Manny Machado leads all major league third basemen with eight errors in 32 games this season. But Machado, his Baltimore Orioles coaches and teammates don't yet seem concerned considering his track record.
The Orioles' "We Won't Stop" season finally came to a screeching halt Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium when the won't-be-beat Kansas City Royals won another nailbiter, 2-1, in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.