The Orioles led the major leagues with 46 home runs in June, and they continued their power surge into July. They hit three homers, including Nelson Cruz's 26th of the season on his 34th birthday, in an 8-3 victory over the struggling Texas Rangers on Tuesday night in front of an announced 19,150.
Nelson Cruz hit two more home runs -- his 18th and 19th of the season -- but Bud Norris put the Orioles in another early hole. And they couldn't recover in an 8-3 loss to the Brewers in the series finale at Miller Park.
After a 3-3 week that saw them split a two-game series on the road with the Pittsburgh Pirates and a four-game series at Camden Yards with the Cleveland Indians, the Orioles have tumbled down national power rankings.
The Orioles clawed their way back from the hole dug by Chris Tillman -- thanks in part to rookie Jonathan Schoop's first multihomer game -- and catcher Nick Hundley, in his first game with the club, quickly went from goat to hero in a 7-6 victory in 10 innings.
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.
Although it was just a late May game against a team outside the American League East division, the Orioles' 4-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday afternoon had the feel of a game they just couldn't afford to lose.
David Lough is batting just .169 this year and it just 5-for-36 in his last 19 games. He wasn¿t in the starting lineup Friday or Saturday, with Nelson Cruz playing left and Delmon Young filling the designated hitter spot.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he hopes that reliever Tommy Hunter, who was placed on the disabled list before Thursday's game against the Cleveland Indians with a left groin strain, will be able to return when he's eligible to be activated June 5.
Former WBAL WMAR television and radio broadcaster Ted Patterson's entire life has been consumed by sports — and that goes for his Towson residence, too, which is overflowing with baseball, football and boxing memorabilia — some of which that dates back to the 19th century. Patterson will attend his 41st consecutive Orioles Opening Day March 31.
Back in October, we asked how many of the Orioles' nine free agents were likely to return in 2014. With less than five weeks until spring training, it could end up that none of them return to Baltimore.
When Orioles season-ticket holders receive their renewal packages in the mail over the next few days, they will find slightly higher average ticket prices and an expanded version of the variable-pricing plan that the club has used for single-game ticket sales over the past seven years.
Earl Weaver called Don Buford "the best leadoff man in the game," and who's to argue? In five years with the Orioles, Buford batted .270, ran the bases with ferocity and helped the club reach three World Series.
J.J. Hardy¿s absence at shortstop for the Orioles on Saturday night was a noticeable one. He¿s been a fixture in the Orioles lineup all season, missing only one game when manager Buck Showalter gave him a day off.