Former Orioles executive Andy MacPhail is in his second full season of rebuilding a struggling Phillies organization. And he hopes it soon leads to the same results as the Orioles' in the years after he left Baltimore.
Cartoonist Mike Ricigliano, a Baltimore Sun contributor, and former Sun sports editor Molly Dunham Glassman will participate in a panel discussion titled "Sports pages – From cartoons to words" on Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Newseum in Washington.
Twice this month, the Orioles have demoted a starting pitcher from the rotation, only to have him rejoin it shortly thereafter out of circumstance and necessity. There are only so many alternatives inside the organization, and when the Orioles begin to assess the market to add starters through trades over the next few weeks, they might be left wanting as well.
The Orioles officially ended their preseason still at an impasse with outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, who is fighting the club¿s attempt to send him to the minors to start the season. And as the hours count down to Opening Day, it appears more likely that the Orioles will be forced to carry the South Korean outfielder on their 25-man roster.
Reserves Xavier Avery and Steve Tolleson both hit two-run homers off Phillies reliever Ernesto Frieri as part of a five-run fourth inning. Garabez Rosa hit a game-tying homer and Ryan Flaherty scored on a wild pitch in the ninth as the Orioles won their exhibition finale, 8-7, over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
New Orioles starter Yovani Gallardo might have had a solid second start of the spring if he hadn¿t run into Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco or, more accurately, Franco had not run into a couple of pitches and driven them over the left field fence to account for four of the five runs Gallardo gave up over 2 1/3 innings of work.
Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo said Monday after allowing two home runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies that the outing was partially a product of his signing with the Orioles when spring training was already underway.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman will make his spring training debut Tuesday in a road game against the Toronto Blue Jays, a decision made necessary by his need for innings after a hip strain but contrary to manager Buck Showalter¿s previous desire to keep his starters away from division opponents.
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.
Yovani Gallardo hasn't been an Oriole for long — just two weeks to be exact — but manager Buck Showalter already liked what he had seen well before the veteran right-hander took the mound for his first spring training appearance with his new team Wednesday afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo has been waiting to make his spring training debut with his new club, and he will get that opportunity Wednesday afternoon when the Orioles face the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater. Gallardo is scheduled to throw two innings, or 35 to 40 pitches, against the Phillies.
Spring training competition is nothing new for Orioles right-hander Vance Worley. Every year, it seems, he's trying to prove his worth. This spring, the 28-year-old Worley finds himself with his fourth team in five years, once again fighting for a spot on the 25-man roster.
Orioles director of major league administration Ned Rice has joined the Phillies organization in a similar capacity. He spent 11 years with the Orioles and moved up the front-office ladder under now-Phillies president Andy MacPhail.
After finishing their Grapefruit League schedule in Florida this spring, the Orioles will play an additional exhibition game on Friday, April 1 against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Game time is 6:05 p.m.
SportsOnEarth.com recently ranked the Top 10 starts by rookies in the October Classic ¿ using the Bill James-created metric ¿game score¿ as the determining factor ¿ and Boddicker¿s complete-game three-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies was chosen No. 1.
Matt Klentak completes the Philadelphia Phillies' leadership makeover. Two people familiar with the decision said the Phillies will hire Klentak to be their general manager. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the team hasn't announced the move.
Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon quickly became Orioles Enemy No. 1 on Wednesday night when he threw a fastball near Manny Machado¿s head and then bounced another one off his shoulder in the ninth inning of the Orioles¿ 4-3 victory at Nationals Park, but it wasn¿t like he was beloved figure in Baltimore to begin with.
As Friday¿s 4 p.m. nonwaiver trade deadline looms, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is still attempting to improve the club¿s 25-man roster by adding an outfielder with on-base skills and potentially another pitcher. According to sources in and outside the organization, every indication is that Duquette will make at least one deal by Friday afternoon ¿ though it is not expected to be a blockbuster.
It was nearly eight years ago to the day when Andy MacPhail stood behind a podium and outlined his immediate plans to fix a once-proud baseball organization that was in a 10-year tailspin. This past week, MacPhail, sounding every bit as assured, vowed to do those same three things as he accepted another significant challenge: resurrecting the Philadelphia Phillies, an organization in steep decline.
In four games against the Orioles this week, the Philadelphia Phillies have had just one lead. They made it stand up, though, beating the Orioles 2-1 on a Ryan Howard, sixth-inning home run Thursday that snapped a season-worst nine game losing streak.
Playing each other for the third straight time, but first at Citizens Bank Park since 2009, the Orioles beat the Phillies again, this time 6-4 thanks to a four-run fourth inning and solo homers by Travis Snider and scalding newcomer Chris Parmelee.
Queen Anne resident Kevin Hollis hoped the Orioles would hit one home run Tuesday during their game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Instead, their historic performance exceeded his wildest expectations and won him big bucks.
If it wasn't bad enough that the Orioles hit a franchise-record eight home runs, scored 19 runs and dealt the Phills their eighth straight loss and 17th defeat in 20 games, when cavalry was called upon in the eighth inning, nobody answered.
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.