The Maryland Stadium Authority is seeking "prospective tenants" to lease state-owned property now occupied by the Sports Legends Museum. But a museum official said Wednesday he remains confident the museum will manage to complete a deal for a new lease and remain in the space adjacent to Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
As the 2015 baseball season begins to wane, the Orioles remain in neutral. They are two games over .500, still right there in the American League wild-card race and within sniffing distance of the division-leading New York Yankees, who were up six games in the AL East heading into Monday night's games.
A tight wild-card race gives many teams, like the Orioles, optimism at the deadline. Still, every game is undoubtedly important. And after falling behind by seven runs in the fourth inning Thursday against the Tigers, the Orioles rallied to within one run before their comeback fell just short in a 9-8 loss in front of an announced 30,136 on a muggy night at Camden Yards.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters may have stolen the spotlight with his walk-off home run in the 11th inning Monday, but for most of the night, it was the Nick Markakis show. The right fielder spent nine seasons with the Orioles before signing with the Atlanta Braves in the offseason, and Monday marked his first time returning to Camden Yards to play his old club.
Nick Markakis admits he's thought a lot about what it'll be like when he takes the field at Camden Yards on Monday evening, the first time he'll do so as an opposing player in his 10-season career. He also admits he has no idea what his emotions will be.
There were no grumblings about the Orioles¿ lack of success with runners in scoring position Sunday afternoon. Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer made that talk nearly obsolete by throwing an absolute gem in the Orioles¿ 3-2 loss before an announced sellout crowd of 46,247 at Camden Yards.
The Texas Rangers are not the homer-happy club that they were during their glory years a few seasons ago, ranking fifth of 15 American League teams this year. But something about Camden Yards brings out that Texas power. On Tuesday the Rangers hit four homers for a second consecutive night to beat the Orioles, 8-6, before an announced 27,370. It was the seventh time since 2005 that the Rangers have homered at least four times in a game in Baltimore.
Hundreds of fans lined the gates surrounding Camden Yards before Game 2 of the doubleheader for the highly-anticipated Buck Showalter garden gnome. When the gates opened at 5:25 p.m., the fans cheered. Saturday¿s rainout pushed the giveaway to Sunday.
To make room for first baseman/outfielder Chris Parmelee on the 25-man roster, the Orioles optioned lefty Wei-Yin Chen to High-A Frederick on Tuesday, one day after he delivered arguably his best outing of the season.
Outfielder Chris Parmelee, whose minor league contract was officially selected by the Orioles before tonight¿s game against the Phillies, enjoyed playing at Oriole Park in his four seasons with the Minnesota Twins.
Spurred by five solid innings from left-hander Wei-Yin Chen and at least five highlight defensive gems ¿ including three by center fielder Adam Jones ¿ the Oriole drew within 4 ½ games of the New York Yankees (33-26) and captured the series against the last-place Red Sox (27-33).
A neck injury suffered in 2012 that lingered into 2013 and 2014 made it so that Nolan Reimold's last four years have been, in some way, limited by injury. Reimold is a long way from the player who debuted with 15 home runs as a rookie in 2009, but a return to the Orioles' roster in any form was always the goal.
On Tuesday, Eduardo Rodriguez will be making his third major league start for the division-rival Boston Red Sox -- against the Orioles at Camden Yards. Rodriguez, who was hesitantly dealt to Boston for left-handed reliever Andrew Miller at last year's trade deadline, has been marvelous in his brief time with the Red Sox, allowing just one run in 14 2/3 innings over two starts, yielding just five hits while striking out 14 and walking four.
In the Orioles' dispirited 9-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before an announced crowd of 36,945 Sunday at Camden Yards, Chris Tillman couldn't navigate through five innings for the fourth time in 10 starts this season.
As soon as Manny Machado tomahawked his bat into the opposite batter's box in the eighth inning of Game 1 against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, it was obvious what was coming. Home plate umpire Toby Basner immediately ejected the Orioles third baseman — the third time Machado has been tossed in his brief big league career and first since his infamous bat-throwing incident last June against the Oakland A's that resulted in a five-game suspension.
Once play resumed in the bottom of the third, the Orioles bullpen couldn¿t preserve a three-run lead, and the Orioles needed a two-out RBI single from J.J. Hardy in the eighth inning for a 5-4 victory.
Nelson Cruz arguably impacted the Orioles more in 2014 than any other one-year-and-done player in club history. If the Orioles and their players loved Cruz, he enjoyed Baltimore and he remains highly productive, why isn't he still an Oriole?
Ultimately, the Los Angeles Angels won, 3-1, in a tremendous pitchers' duel between two guys who like to throw strikes — and lots of them. Angels right-hander Jered Weaver and Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen kept the offense to a minimum in a game that lasted just 2 hours, 23 minutes.