The Orioles are understandably excited to have Brian Roberts back in the lineup for a variety of reasons. He's the quality leadoff hitter they have been missing since he fell out of the lineup last year and his return to the infield frees up versatile Robert Andino to shore up the spotty defense elsewhere.
The rain's coming down here at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the tarp is on the infield. We're not sure we're going to get tonight's series opener against the Pirates in, but there's still plenty of news coming from the Orioles clubhouse.
Brian Roberts sat down for a lengthy media briefing at 3:30 today to talk about his pending return to the Orioles starting lineup. He has been penciled into the leadoff spot and will play second base in his first major league action in more than a year, provided the rain relents.
Barring a last-minute setback, all indications are that Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will be activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday before the club's three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Camden Yards.
All indications are that -- barring a setback today -- Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will be activated from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday before the club's three-game series against the Pirates at Camden Yards.
Look for a low-scoring game today. Right-hander Jason Hammel (6-2, 2.97 ERA) heads to the mound for the Orioles. He will be opposed by left-hander Cliff Lee (0-3, 2.92), who is winless through his first three starts for the first time in his career.
When Jake Arrieta was named the Orioles' Opening Day starter this season, he talked about the magnitude of the honor and the leadership responsibility it carried. But the 26-year-old right-hander has looked lost for much of the season.
Brian Matusz provided his finest performance of the season, giving the Orioles his fourth consecutive quality start and more importantly, creating a two-way tie between the teams atop the American League East standings heading into Sunday¿s afternoon series finale.
Despite having not won a game in nearly a week, the Orioles woke up Friday morning somehow still in first place in the American League East. By the end of the night, their struggles would finally catch up with them.
Their starting pitching sputtering, their offense anemic, the Orioles lost their sixth game in their past eight, an uninspiring 6-2 loss to a Blue Jays team that had lost five straight, in front of an announced crowd of 16,575.
Mark Reynolds flew to Toronto today and arrived around 1 p.m. Today was scheduled to be his final day of a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie, but "it's a lot better playing here," Reynolds said.
After dropping the rubber match, 4-2, to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon before an announced crowd of 33,919, the Orioles (29-19) have now lost five of seven games as they embark on a tough road trip to Toronto, Tampa Bay and Boston.
With his six-year, $85.5 million contract extension official, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones sat between his two bosses — manager Buck Showalter and club executive vice president Dan Duquette — on Sunday and said Baltimore is where he belongs.
As the Orioles opened their three-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday night at Camden Yards, right-hander Jason Hammel recaptured his stellar form of earlier this season and the O's big inning was fueled by two Baltimore base-running blunders.
Orioles infielder Mark Reynolds (oblique strain) and outfielder Endy Chavez (intercostal strain) played in an extended spring game today and will report to Double-A Bowie to begin minor league rehab assignments tomorrow.
In Saturday's 6-5 victory, the trend looked like it finally would be snapped, with their most consistent starter, Jason Hammel, cruising and Adam Jones and Nick Markakis each hitting two-run homers against the Washington Nationals to take a 6-0 lead into the fifth.
Orioles beat writer Eduardo A. Encina sat down with Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts before Wednesday game against the Royals to talk about his recovery from multiple concussions and the one-year anniversary of his last game. His head-first slide into first base on May 16, 2011 trigged a second onset of concussion symptoms.
Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold, on the disabled list with a neck injury, said Tuesday that he still is experiencing tingling in his thumb and forearm and weakness in his left shoulder several days after undergoing an epidural injection.
In the Orioles' 8-5 loss to the Yankees, Avery tallied his first hit -- a leadoff double in the first inning -- and drove in this first run with a fifth-inning triple that scored Robert Andino. Avery scored both times he was on base.
Nick Johnson's brief career in an Orioles uniform has been less than stellar. But on Friday night, with sole possession of first place in the American League East on the line, he played the role of hero.