Despite his gaudy run-production numbers this past season, first baseman Chris Davis will be an underdog to become the first Orioles player to win win the American League MVP award in more than two decade, but Davis was named one of three finalists for this award Tuesday evening.
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. This week, we exchanged emails with Avi Miller, who blogs about the Baltimore Orioles for Baltimore Sports Report.
Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Carl Yastrzemski and an outfielder for the Aberdeen IronBirds, has the baseball lineage, but, like the rest of his teammates trying to prove themselves at the Single-A level, he has a long way to go if he wants to leave the impression his grandfather did.
Left-hander T.J. McFarland, a 23-year-old who was acquired by the Baltimore Orioles this winter in the Rule 5 draft, made his major-league debut against the Minnesota Twins and pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
Three batters later, Justin Morneau laced a two-out single against Jim Johnson (0-1) to break a 5-5 tie. Minnesota's closer Glen Perkins picked up his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth, setting up a rubber match Sunday at Camden Yards.
Orioles lefty Brian Matusz is hoping to springboard back into the starting rotation after embracing a reliever role and becoming an integral part of the Orioles sealing their first playoff berth in 15 years.
In case you missed it last night, Orioles utility man Danny Valencia was linked to a now-defunct South Florida clinic, Biogenesis, that allegedly provided performance-enhancing drugs to Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, among others.
It was the Orioles' final regular season series in Tampa Bay -- three October games that precluded the team¿s first playoff berth in 15 years ¿ and I was sitting in Orioles manager Buck Showalter¿s office in the visiting clubhouse of Tropicana Field.
Also new this year is an announcement of the finalists ¿ the top three in each league for the rookie, manager and Cy Young and Top 5 for MVP. That will be aired this Wednesday at 6 p.m. on MLB Network.
The Orioles rotation looks like it's set up pretty nicely for a potential ALDS with Jason Hammel, Miguel Gonzalez and Tillman in line for the first three games. But who takes the ball to get them there?
The Orioles purchased the contract of reliever Miguel Socolovich and activated catcher Taylor Teagarden from the 60-day DL. To make room, they designated lefty Dana Eveland for assignment and outrighted catcher Ronny Paulino to Triple-A Norfolk.
There will be no third stint with the Orioles for Miguel Tejada. Tejada, who signed to a minor-league deal in early May and has been playing for Triple-A Norfolk, asked for and was granted his release by the organization, according to a club source.
Eddie Murray, the former Orioles Hall of Famer, has been linked to an investigation by federal authorities in a wide-ranging insider trading case that already has ensnared teammate Doug DeCinces, according to a Reuters report.