The Orioles didn't play their best baseball this weekend. But after a career day by Nelson Cruz in a 7-5 win in 11 innings over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon, they left Tropicana Field with a 9 1/2-game lead in the American League East.
The Orioles margin for error this season has been razor thin. They know it, and the statistics back it up. That streak was snapped in a 6-3 Orioles loss before an announced crowd of 36,508 at Camden Yards.
Delmon Young rewarded Buck Showalter's decision to give him the start, hitting a three-run home run off Hisashi Iwakuma in the third inning that powered the Orioles to a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners in front of an announced 19,621 at Safeco Field.
The Orioles dropped the rubber match of their three-game series against the Seattle Mariners, 8-3, at Safeco Field on Wednesday night. Here's what some of the key figures were saying in the clubhouse afterward.
As a veteran of eight minor league seasons, right-hander Zach Clark has endured plenty of excruciating bus rides during his career. He had never been on a cross-country flight, however, until he flew to Seattle on Tuesday.
Orioles left-hander Zach Britton was hoping to get more than one start to show the organization that he had regained the form that made him one of the club's most promising pitchers a few years ago. He is going to have to do that again at Triple-A.
No doubt, there were a lot Orioles fans second-guessing the decision to let Joe Saunders get away while they were watching him tie the O's in knots on Monday night at Safeco Field in Seattle. The contrast was just too obvious, as Saunders pitched a complete game while another fifth starter candidate struggled to keep up with him.
Now that former Orioles left-hander Joe Saunders has reportedly agreed to terms with the Mariners on a one-year deal, we know the group that¿s going to open camp with the team in Sarasota next week, minus maybe a minor-league signing here or there.
The Orioles wanted to resign left-hander Joe Saunders, who played a significant role in the team's playoff run, but on Thursday evening the 31-year-old reportedly agreed to one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners.
Top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy finally got into a major league game Sunday, making his major league debut in a relief appearance in the eighth inning of the series finale between the Orioles and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
When Adam Jones launched his 30th home run to deliver the crowning blow in the Orioles' three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, it was hard not to think of former O's pitcher Erik Bedard.
It was just a matter of time before Adam Jones picked up his 30th homer of the season. Jones hit a full-count slider over the left field wall in the 11th inning on Wednesday to give the Orioles a 3-1 victory and their first sweep in Seattle since May, 1997.
Orioles fans were rubbing the sleep from their eyes Wednesday after the club took them on another wild ride into the wee hours of the morning. Such improbable events have become the norm for this team as it pushes toward the playoffs.
The major league call-up of Orioles 19-year-old phenom Dylan Bundy to help replenish the club's bullpen after an 18-inning game Tuesday night is a surprise. But it's being made for the right reasons, according to Jim Palmer.
If the Orioles' 4-2, 18-inning, five-hour and 44-minute victory over the Seattle Mariners wasn't weird enough, consider the plight of reliever Tommy Hunter on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. He picked up the win. And some bird excrement in the process.
As we reported last night, the salary of Joe Blanton is a sticking point in a deal to bring the husky right-hander to Baltimore. The Orioles just aren¿t paying $3 million or anything close to it for a two-month rental, No. 4-type starter
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.