It wasn't exactly a pre-trade deadline blockbuster, but the Orioles sent cash to the New York Mets on Friday for 30-year-old infielder Omar Quintanilla, who was designated for assignment earlier this week.
Dan Duquette talked for a few minutes about his trade today to acquire middle infielder Omar Quintanilla for cash. Quintanilla is expected to man second base at least until Robert Andino returns from injury.
The Orioles added infielder Omar Quintanilla for cash or future considerations on Friday from the New York Mets. An hour earlier, the Orioles learned they had lost right-hander Brad Bergesen to the Arizona Diamondbacks on a waiver claim.
When Robert Andino homered with two outs in the ninth inning and Jim Johnson closed out Tuesday night¿s victory over the Seattle Mariners, the sound you heard was not the Orioles fan base humming the old ¿Oriole Magic¿ theme.
he 26-year-old held the Mariners hitless for 6 1/3 innings before giving up a solo homer to Seattle left fielder Casper Wells, a former Towson University standout. But watching Seattle break up Chen¿s bid for a perfect game couldn¿t compare to watching the Orioles bullpen nearly give away the game.
The only thing forgiving to the Orioles on Monday night in Seattle was the official scorer at Safeco Field. The Orioles were only charged with one error ¿ raising their major-league high to 70 -- in their 6-3 loss to the Mariners Monday night, but anyone staying up past the late local news to watch Baltimore¿s comedy of non-errors knows better than that.
Well, the Orioles have one more road trip before the first half ends -- three games in Seattle and four in Los Angeles. And if the Orioles win one more game, they¿ll guarantee a winning first half for the first time since 2005.
It has been a busy weekend already, but the Orioles made a couple more roster moves on Sunday morning, optioning outfielder Xavier Avery to Triple-A Norfolk to finish making room for the arrival of newly acquired DH Jim Thome and the recall of reliever Miguel Gonzalez. The O's already had optioned pitcher Tommy Hunter to Norfolk on Saturday night.
Finally, the Orioles have another outfielder in the outfield. On Thursday, the club promoted Xavier Avery from Triple-A Norfolk when first baseman Nick Johnson was placed on the disabled list with a strained right wrist.
Despite last night's 3-1 loss to the Nationals, the Orioles can still clinch their fifth series win in six interleague series with a win in this afternoon's series finale. A win would also give the Orioles their 11th in interleague play, tying a franchise high previously done three times (1999, 2008, 2009). The Orioles will be without left-handed reliever Dana Eveland, who left to California to be with his wife, Ashley, who is delivering the couple's second child. Eveland won't be placed on the paternity leave list until Tuesday
This upcoming stretch will be a good test for the Orioles. The Washington Nationals lead the NL East, the Cleveland Indians lead the AL Central and the Los Angeles Angels are the hottest team in baseball since calling up Mike Trout.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is making a push to become a starter in the All-Star game. According to the most recent tally announced by Major League Baseball, Jones has moved from fifth to fourth among AL outfielders with 1,959,207 votes ¿ that¿s roughly 35,000 behind Toronto¿s Jose Bautista, who has 1,996,940.
Betemit's splits at Turner Field are the best of any ballpark in the majors where he has at least 100 career at bats. Betemit is 67-for-212 in Atlanta, hitting .316/.393/.472 with five homers and 17 RBIs .
The Orioles are looking to rebound tonight from Friday's tough 4-2 loss to the Braves here at Turner Field. Chris Davis will be back in right field tonight, making his second major league start there after having a nice debut on Friday.
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.