The Baltimore Orioles go for the series sweep against the Dodgers this afternoon. They've already won the series, their first ever against the Dodgers -- well, if you're not counting the 1996 World Series of course.
And the Orioles managed to do that, breaking a tie on Nolan Reimold¿s two-run eighth-inning double off Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario, capping a three-RBI afternoon for Reimold in the Orioles¿ 7-5 win.
Winning 16 straight extra-inning games last season, the Orioles managed to write chapter after chapter of unforgettable endings. But Thursday night's first extra-inning game of the season, a 10-inning 10-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, might have topped them all.
When Orioles first baseman Chris Davis flailed at a changeup in the dirt Tuesday for the last out of the third inning, he says he was really frustrated. So he snapped. And so did his bat. Over Davis' knee in one quick motion.
Before Tuesday's 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards, Orioles manager Buck Showalter talked about the night¿s starter, Jake Arrieta, and how all he wants is for the enigmatic right-hander to keep his team in games.
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.
In their first four games of 2013, the Orioles have batted 11-for-43 with runners in scoring position, which is a .256 average. As I write this, they lead the major leagues with 29 runs, but they have also stranded 30 runners
Chris Davis was rather subdued after his eighth-inning grand slam in Friday's home opener — which gave the Orioles' a 9-5 win over the Minnesota Twins and Davis a mind-numbing four homers and 16 RBIs in four 2013 games.
The Orioles won 93 games in 2012, made the postseason for the first time in 15 years and pushed the New York Yankees to a deciding fifth game in the American League Division Series. Now their encore, they believe, must be better.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter unveiled a pull shift on a pair of left-handed hitters in Tuesday's regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays, placing third baseman Manny Machado in shallow right field.
By By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun
Brian Roberts and Nolan Reimold were hoping the Orioles would afford them one more chance to prove they are healthy enough to contribute. In Tuesday's season-opening 7-4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays, the duo combined to go 4-for-8; each had two singles.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will make his first career Opening Day start today against the Rays, becoming the fourth player in team history to start an Opening Day game at the age of 20 or younger.
"To Be Continued ..." the front of the shirts, provided by Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, say in orange lettering. It means that last year's sudden success wasn't a fluke, but instead just a beginning.