Weather hasn't been kind to the Orioles over the first five weeks of the regular season — forcing numerous delays and postponements that have altered the team's schedule — but the Orioles received an assist from Mother Nature.
Yovani Gallardo made his Orioles debut on Wednesday night and gave up just two hits over five innings to get the decision in a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins before 12,622 shivering fans at Camden Yards. Chris Davis hit his first homer.
As Hyun Soo Kim's hitless streak grew to 21 at-bats following an 0-for-3 outing in the Orioles' 8-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday afternoon, the club is remaining hopeful that the South Korean outfielder will break out of his early spring slump sooner than later. But it's growing evident that the Orioles are getting just as frustrated with Kim's struggles.
The Orioles have remained steadfast in their contention that early spring results are not a predictor of future returns, but it¿s still hard to get away from the fact that they are still winless more than a week into the Grapefruit League exhibition season.
The Orioles got solo home runs from All-Stars Manny Machado and Adam Jones but lost when reliever Tommy Hunter allowed a two-run home run to Brian Dozier in the 10th inning, giving the Twins a 4-2 win.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said earlier this spring that infielder Everth Cabrera would likely see time in the outfield this spring, and Cabrera will make his first Grapefruit League start this afternoon, starting in center field and leading off against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field.
The Orioles (79-57) had their four-game winning streak snapped and saw their lead in the American League East division drop to 8 1/2 games over the idle New York Yankees. The Twins (60-77) have won just two of their last nine games.
The Orioles added a pair of relievers Monday, the first day of expanded rosters, as they recalled right-hander Evan Meek from Triple-A Norfolk and purchased the contract of left-hander Joe Saunders from the Tides.
TAMPA ¿ Even though they¿ve lost two straight and are coming off an off day Monday, the Orioles woke up Tuesday tied for first place in the American League East following the Yankees¿ 4-1 loss in Anaheim.
In their three-game series against the Minnesota Twins this weekend at Target Field, the Orioles scored just six total runs -- and four of those came on a pair of mammoth two-run home runs by left fielder Nelson Cruz.
With the possibility of freefalling into their worst losing skid in nearly two years, the Orioles received one of their best pitching performances of the season, two homers from reserve Chris Dickerson and a walk-off blast from Nate McLouth to finally beat the New York Yankees in extra innings.
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.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter announced after Wednesday's game that the lefty Joe Saunders would get the ball to start Thursday against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the American League Division Series.
Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds recorded his second two-homer game of the series in today's series finale at Yankee Stadium, driving in four of the Orioles' five runs so far as the O's have taken a 5-3 lead here in the Bronx.
Orioles pitcher Randy Wolf said he knew coming in he would be used in relief, and he didn't have a problem with that. His top priority was to pitch for a contender, but the 36-year-old said coming out of the bullpen will be an adjustment.
Buck Showalter sat in the visiting team manager¿s office of Yankee Stadium before Wednesday¿s series finale and waxed about how quickly momentum can change for a team during the haul of a 162-game season.
When things spiral out of control for Hunter, it is often because of his tendency to give up home runs. That was the case again Saturday night when the Athletics used a pair of two-run blasts to beat the Orioles, 6-1.
By the end of Tuesday night, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had reached the 1,000-win milestone, left-hander Brian Matusz had sidestepped club infamy and designated hitter Nick Johnson had finally exhaled.