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.
One run was enough to stand on Monday against a Phillies team that has scored the fewest runs in baseball, as Wei-Yin Chen threw eight scoreless innings in a 4-0 win in front of an announced 23,730 at Camden Yards.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said earlier this spring that infielder Everth Cabrera would likely see time in the outfield this spring, and Cabrera will make his first Grapefruit League start this afternoon, starting in center field and leading off against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field.
Adam Jones and Nick Markakis have different personalities, but when the two take the field together -- as they have on most summer days for the past seven seasons -- they become unified partners for one purpose: capturing the Orioles' first World Series title in 31 years.
The Orioles roughed up right-hander A.J. Burnett ¿ one of the team¿s top offseason free-agent targets ¿ for six runs on seven hits over three innings on their way to a 14-3 Grapefruit League win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
So, with the idea, or misconception (depending on who you ask), that the Home Run Derby will ruin a player¿s second half, would you want an Orioles player to compete in it at the risk of hurting their numbers?
If there was ever an injury that could sorely test the Ravens' stoic "Next Man Up" philosophy, reigning Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs may have suffered it when he damaged his Achilles tendon this week -- reportedly in a pickup basketball game.