There's no doubt the Orioles lineup has big-inning potential, and there was no greater example of that than Friday's nine-run seventh inning in Texas. Aside from that inning, the Orioles have been unable to manufacture any sort of sustainable offense since their 7-0 start to the season, which is a troubling sign.
The Orioles¿ game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday has been postponed due to inclement weather and will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader beginning at 4:05 p.m. at Camden Yards.
Even though Eddie Gamboa struggled in his short time in big league camp this spring, Orioles manager Buck Showalter believes he's further along in the his transformation into a knuckleballer than former Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey was at the same time.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter wants to see his collective group of starters in action today for the team's final regular-season game and last action before Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday.
Counting Saturday afternoon's 3-2 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles have registered six consecutive quality starts, padding their season high. That's a huge turnaround for a rotation that entered the week with the fourth-worst ERA in the AL.
For much of the season, Orioles second baseman Ryan Flaherty struggled at the plate. But now, as Brian Roberts is on the verge of being activated from the disabled list to take over starting second-base duties, Flaherty has found his comfort zone at the plate.
In today's Baltimore Sun, I wrote a story on the Orioles' efforts to convert minor-league pitchers Zach Clark and Eddie Gamboa. Both are working under the tutelage of Hall of Fame knuckleballer Phil Niekro, who won 318 games and revolutionized the knuckleball, at Double-A Bowie.
The Orioles managed just five hits — all singles — against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who recorded the first complete-game shutout against Baltimore since the Mets' R.A. Dickey did it last June.