- Right-hander Alex Cobb gave up four home runs, including three straight in the first inning, in the Orioles' 6-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Friday. The Orioles have allowed 64 home runs through 27 games.
- The Orioles have been giving up home runs at a record pace this season and Saturday shattered the major league record for homers allowed by the end of April. The 17 hit in the doubleheader sweep by the Twins also set a major league record.
- Former Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop struggled in Milwaukee after he was traded last summer, but now says he's in a better place with the Minnesota Twins.
- Buck Showalter is on the hook for dismal Orioles season that was result of years of poor long-range planning.
- The merciful end of the 2018 season has finally arrived for an Orioles team that might never live down what happened this year.
- The Orioles were 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position on Wednesday night in losing to the Seattle Mariners, 5-2.
- Alex Cobb didn't see the missed bats he wanted off his splitter against the Mariners, but settling for the groundouts it produced was equally effective in Tuesday night's win.
- Orioles' leadership has been let off the hook far too easily for the Manny Machado debacle and several others that have characterized the team’s pitiful player procurement decisions over the past five years.
- For the Orioles, this isn’t the way it was supposed to go, forced to say farewell to their best player less than two weeks after his 26th birthday. But Manny Machado's departure isn't unexpected.
- First-time All-Star Nick Markakis has helped lead the Atlanta Braves back into playoff contention and he couldn't be happier.
- The Mariners’ four-game sweep dropped the Orioles to 23-57 this season. “Had that same issue — we scored two runs,” manager Buck Showalter said.
- The Orioles wouldn't give Nelson Cruz a four-year offer after the 2014 season, but Cruz has shown he was worth the risk.
- Home plate umpire Stu Scheurwater has called two balks against Darren O'Day. They're the only two of the Orioles reliever's career.
- Five pieces of fallout from the Orioles' four-year agreement with right-hander Alex Cobb, including what happens to the rest of the fifth starter candidates, how they build a bullpen and bench, and what it says about the Orioles both this year and going forward
- The Orioles have made some of their most signficant free agent signings after January 1, but they won't be the only ones with business to be done once the calendar turns.
- Nelson Cruz weighs in on Jonathan Schoop, the Orioles' All-Star second baseman who was strongly influenced by the slugger.
- Dylan Bundy is latest Orioles starter to turn in a strong start and his teammates went on a 15-hit spree to score a 7-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
After three trips to the postseason and the day-to-day intensity of the playoff races that comes with it,
OriolesAdam Jones emerged from the Team USA dugout Saturday and saw Orioles teammate Manny Machado taking ground balls at shortstop, wearing the uniform of theOutfielder Mark Trumbo rejected the Orioles' qualifying offer, meaning the team will get a pick at the end of the first round should he leave in free agency.Inside the CBA: Barring changes, Orioles will face decisions on qualifying offers soon after World SeriesSlugger Mark Trumbo hasn't won the major league home run title just yet, but he already has won the respect of everyone in an Orioles organization that must soon decide how much it wants him back after a career season.On the night a 20-year-old home run record for June fell at the hands of an improbable hero, the Orioles¿ seven-game winning streak went down with it.As former Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz spent last season with the Seattle Mariners eclipsing the league-leading 40 home runs he hit with the Orioles in 2014, he shared the clubhouse with a longtime admirer who used the proximity to Cruz to make his own strides as a hitter: Mark Trumbo.Adam LaRoche chose to walk away from the game after White Sox team president Kenny Williams told LaRoche of his wishes that LaRoche's 14-year-old son Drake be around the club less frequently. Inside the Orioles clubhouse, players tried to sort through mixed emotions.Yovani Gallardo, who turns 30 on Feb. 27, had been issued a qualifying offer by the Rangers, so the Orioles had to forfeit their first-round draft pick (14th overall) in order to sign him.Could the Orioles be rethinking the plan to give up their top choice in the 2016 draft for a player who rejected a qualifying offer from his original team? Or are they playing a dangerous game of chicken with the solid pitcher they need to complete a questionable starting rotation?Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette arrived at the Ed Smith Stadium complex for the first time this spring still attempting to maneuver a deal for one -- or possibly two -- remaining free agents.The "Moneyball" Oakland Athletics found their advantage by valuing on-base percentage. The Tampa Bay Rays sought a two-percent edge over opponents, and the Pittsburgh Pirates burst to relevancy via aggressive defensive shifting. While many other clubs are only making their final preparations for spring training, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is one swoop away from making the February free-agent coup his team's signature advantage.With spring training on the horizon, the Orioles could pull off another coup by signing two of the three remaining free agents tied to draft-pick compensation.The Orioles are reportedly close to a deal for veteran pitcher Yovani Gallardo, but the price will be high in dollars and draft ramifications.Amid the wildly-flowing dollars and multi-year commitments that exist every offseason during free agency, the Orioles aren't afraid of signing players to a one-year deal.The Orioles are trying to bring back Darren O'Day because he's one of baseball's best relief pitchers, but also because of his leadership.This year, Dan Duquette promised to be proactive and he delivered on that promise with the pre-winter meetings deal for Mark Trumbo, who probably isn't going to make anyone forget Chris Davis if the Orioles lose the bidding war for this year's team MVP but would be a reasonable facsimile under the circumstances.Here¿s hoping that everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving today, one full of turkey and pumpkin pie. And in the Thanksgiving spirit, here¿s an extra helping of Orioles thoughts and observations.In fairness to the Orioles, the first few weeks of the baseball offseason have not exactly been packed with hot-stove activity. The free agent market has remained quiet and trading activity has been predictably light. So, it's kind of hard to gauge just how "proactive" Dan Duquette and the Orioles front office have been thus far.