Manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette plan to meet, along with team brass, to begin looking to next season. Pitchers and catchers are slated to return for spring training three months from Saturday, and the Orioles face many difficult roster decisions in the meantime.
As the Orioles prepared to leave the visitors' clubhouse Wednesday night after being swept in the American League Championship Series, they understood the harsh reality of today's industry: This group, in its entirety, will never again be together as a team.
The Orioles officially announced Thursday that they have signed shortstop J.J. Hardy to a three-year deal that includes a fourth-year option. The deal is worth $40 million for the first three years, according to a source.
The Orioles still have a lot of work to do to hold the nucleus of the team together for 2015 and beyond, but the swift signing of shortstop J.J. Hardy goes a long way toward diminishing the uncertainty about their ability to remain competitive for the foreseeable future.
Nelson Cruz broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with a two-run homer off left-hander David Price, giving the Orioles a 2-1 clinching victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
The Orioles hit two homers and then battered the Detroit Tigers bullpen for an eight-run eighth inning -- turning a one-run game into an all-out rout in a 12-3 win in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
Adam Jones and Nick Markakis have different personalities, but when the two take the field together -- as they have on most summer days for the past seven seasons -- they become unified partners for one purpose: capturing the Orioles' first World Series title in 31 years.
Defense has been one of the keys to the Orioles' success over the past three seasons. But since they lost American League Platinum Glove winner Manny Machado for the season following right-knee surgery in August, the club has struggled to find a steady replacement.
After the Orioles were held to one hit on Monday, they responded with 17 hits in Tuesday's 5-4 win. Seeing leadoff hitter Nick Markakis get four hits, including a two-run homer, was a good sign for the Orioles.
The Orioles hit three home runs, including Nelson Cruz's 40th of the season, and had 17 hits in a 5-4 win over the Yankees in front of an announced 43,201, putting a dagger in New York's already faint postseason hopes.
First baseman Steve Pearce and right fielder Nick Markakis weren¿t in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Boston Red Sox, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he would expect both to play in the upcoming series against the New York Yankees.
The Orioles' lineup for Friday night's game against the Boston Red Sox looks more like it is ready for Fort Myers, Fla., in March than Camden Yards in September. That's what happens when you clinch your division with a week-plus to play, I suppose.
Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman has been suspended six games and handed an undisclosed fine by Major League Baseball for throwing at Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph¿s head in the sixth inning of Monday¿s game.
After clinching the American League East title Tuesday, the Orioles are in a bit of a baseball limbo: Do they try to catch the Los Angeles Angels for the AL's top seed, or do they forget about trying to get home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and try to spell their regulars?
One of the best things about being a sportswriter during a clinching celebration -- whether it's a division title like the Orioles captured Tuesday night or a World Series, which I've covered five times in my career -- is the ability to be in the middle of everything and observe.
After walking an early-inning tightrope, right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez righted himself to retire 10 straight Toronto hitters, as the Orioles claimed their first AL East crown in 17 years with an 8-2 victory over the second-place Blue Jays.
The Orioles took one humongous step toward winning the American League East with their 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, giving the club an opportunity to clinch the division title with a win Tuesday.
The team announced Friday morning that Davis, who was batting .196 with 26 home runs and 72 RBIs, had failed a second drug test for banned amphetamines. Davis accepted the suspension and said in a statement issued by the players union that he took Adderall.
With a 10-game homestand beginning Friday, the Orioles are in the driver's seat to clinch the American League East title at Camden Yards for the first time in the ballpark's history. The club plays the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays in the first two series of the homestand.
Adam Jones and Nick Markakis had started every game this season -- all 141 -- before manager Buck Showalter decided to rest the two Orioles outfielders to start Sunday¿s series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays.
While Nelson Cruz has previously made it clear that he would like to make Baltimore his long-term home, Cruz said for the first time Friday that the Orioles have had preliminary discussions with Cruz to discuss the possibility of a keeping him in an Orioles uniform beyond 2014.
At this point, the Orioles (75-55) don't need style points. They just have to keep winning. And with a couple key hits and a bullpen that didn't allow a run in 4 1/3 innings, they have now beaten the Rays (64-68) in 10 of their 14 meetings this season.
The Orioles scored just four runs in their three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field this past weekend, but upon returning to Camden Yards Monday night, the Orioles¿ power bats broke out in bunches against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Nick Markakis' catch to rob a home run in Monday's 8-2 win over the Chicago White Sox received some national attention. While Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Markakis deserves that recognition, the right fielder often shuns it.
The Orioles now have their best single-season road winning percentage since 1997, going 37-26 with a .587 winning percentage away from Camden Yards so far this season. They posted a .642 winning percentage in 1997, finishing with a 52-29 record on the road.
A lot of the advanced defensive metrics don¿t reward Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis for the defender he is. And the steadiness he plays the outfield sometimes make you take him for granted, especially given the way he expertly maneuvers around a tricky right field corner at Camden Yards over the years.