One of the many tough decisions the Orioles must make this offseason is whether they will make an effort to resign outfielder Nate McLouth, who was an instrumental part of the team¿s playoff push and arguably their best player in the postseason.
Most of the Orioles had already cleaned out their lockers at Camden Yards by Saturday afternoon, when just a few stragglers were tossing their possessions into cardboard boxes to mark the proverbial end to baseball in Baltimore this season.
On couches all over Baltimore, J.J. Hardy's game-winning RBI double in the 13th inning must have seemed like a dream, especially since the Orioles spent most of Thursday night putting fans to sleep with their offensive ineptitude.
The Orioles were just two outs away from taking a commanding 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. But a pair of solo homers by Raul Ibanez quickly reversed the roles and put the Orioles on the brink of elimination.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said it was a difficult decision to not start veteran designated hitter Jim Thome, the club's most experience postseason player, in Sunday's American League Division Series opener at Camden Yards againtst New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia. Thome did receive the start in Monday's Game 2 against veteran lefty Andy Pettitte.
Russell Martin's solo homer off Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson in the ninth inning kickstarted a five-run rally for the New York Yankees, who took Game 1 of the American League Division Series, 7-2. Game 2 is tonight at Camden Yards.
The Baltimore Orioles are heading back to the postseason for the first time since 1997. After beating the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Sunday afternoon in their regular-season home finale, the Orioles sealed at least a
It could have been one of the coolest scenes in Baltimore baseball history. Players and fans cheering together at Camden Yards as the Los Angeles Angels lost to the Texas Rangers and gave the Orioles their first playoff berth since 1997.
Catcher Matt Wieters is a proud dad today. Wieters and his wife Maria had their first child early this morning, a baby boy named Maverick Luther Wieters. Wieters was still at the hospital with his wife this afternoon and be away from the team for at least tonight. "He's where he needs to be," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
Orioles left-hander Randy Wolf is dealing with elbow discomfort and could be lost for the remainder of the regular season and postseason, though he has not made a final decision on his immediate future.
The Orioles' regular season is whittled down to 8 games following Monday¿s single-admission doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards. And the O's chances of catching the division-leading New York Yankees are steadily dwindling.