Orioles right hander Tommy Hunter denied any frustration in the wake of Friday¿s 2-0 loss to the Rays, a game in which Hunter pitched one of his better games of the season and was handed a tough-luck loss because his teammates bats had yet to arrive in Tampa Bay.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he doesn't pay attention to the standings until August. For the past 14 years, Orioles fans haven't had the need to, their team usually already long out of contention by this time of the year.
In a career once defined with words like "potential" and "promise," Josh Barfield is now the oldest player in Bowie, just six years after he burst onto the scene in San Diego as a 23-year-old second baseman.
In the past few weeks, the Orioles have had contact with the San Diego Padres about third baseman Chase Headley, the Philadelphia Phillies about third baseman Placido Polanco and the Chicago Cubs about first baseman Bryan LaHair.
When you think about baseball in the 1990s, names like Ken Griffey Jr. and Cal Ripken come to mind. Yet, there were so many classic, run of the mill, and mediocre ballplayers in that time as well. Here are some of the most average to grace professional ballfields during that time.
Newly-acquired designated hitter Jim Thome has accepted the twilight of his big-league career with grace. He's been an Oriole for just 11 games, and the club hopes Thome, who turns 42 in six weeks, can help the it stay in the playoff hunt.
The outfield walls at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins, are lined with plants that occasionally eat home run balls. Last month, current Orioles designated hitter Jim Thome hit the 607th home run of his career while he was with the Philadelphia Phillies and seemingly lost the ball forever in the vegetation.
The Orioles' first-half statistics aren't pretty, but they hold one statistical trump card. The only one that really, truly matters right now: .529. That's the fifth best winning percentage in the American League.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Wednesday that bolstering the club's starting pitching remains a priority, whether it comes internally or through a trade, but he also is actively searching for a "set-up hitter" with a history of getting on-base.
It's Major League All Star Week so I thought I would take the opportunity to reminisce a little about the only All Star Game I have personally witnessed which occurred 50 years ago this week on July 10, 1962, at what was then known as D.C. Stadium in Washington.
Or is it an injured and undermanned upstart that simply hit its peak and now is beginning to slide back to reality after a disappointing homestand that culminated with a 6-2 loss to the previously scuffling Cleveland Indians?
For the fifth straight game, an Orioles starter turned in a less-than-stellar performance, this time from lefty Dana Eveland, who was making his first start since May 11, adding to the Orioles' troubles on the mound.
The monster inning, the one that has haunted Jake Arrieta for much of this season, lurked on Sunday afternoon. But the Orioles pitcher survived the trouble and may have turned a corner mentally three starts after his brief demotion tot he bullpen.
Eddie Murray, the former Orioles Hall of Famer, has been linked to an investigation by federal authorities in a wide-ranging insider trading case that already has ensnared teammate Doug DeCinces, according to a Reuters report.
With interleague play looming and a need for a flexible bench paramount, the Orioles decided to place outfielder Endy Chavez on the disabled list and call back infielder/outfielder Steve Tolleson, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday.
Jake Arrieta turned in one of his best outings of this season in the Orioles' 7-1 bashing of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. It was another one of those is-this-really-happening kind of storylines in the Orioles' improbable 2012 season.
Coming of his first win in more than five weeks, Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta has earned one more start in the team's starting rotation. Taking the place of left-hander Brian Matusz, who bunted a ball off his nose Tuesday, Arrieta threw seven innings of one-run ball, allowing seven hits and tying a career-high with nine strikeouts in the Orioles 7-1 win over the Pirates Wednesday night at Camden Yards.
Robert Andino, who has played second base in 56 of the Orioles' first 60 games, was out of the lineup Tuesday, as Brian Roberts returned from the 60-day disabled list. And Andino said he's OK if he's no longer the starter there.