Brian Roberts and Nolan Reimold were hoping the Orioles would afford them one more chance to prove they are healthy enough to contribute. In Tuesday's season-opening 7-4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays, the duo combined to go 4-for-8; each had two singles.
In their unexpected run to the playoffs last season, the Baltimore Orioles were historically good in one-run games, winning more than 76 percent of them. Their bullpen was among the best in the majors -- and among the best in franchise history -- as the Orioles' relievers went 32-11 with 55 saves and a 3.00 ERA.
In case you missed it last night, Orioles utility man Danny Valencia was linked to a now-defunct South Florida clinic, Biogenesis, that allegedly provided performance-enhancing drugs to Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, among others.
Major League Baseball and the players association have agreed to take the next step toward eradicating performance-enhancing drugs from the game by expanding random blood testing for human growth hormone to during the season and conducting additional testing for testosterone.
Steve Johnson will go into spring training with the opportunity to stick in the Orioles' starting rotation. Manager Buck Showalter said Johnson will compete for a rotation spot this spring — a competition that will be crowded.
The Orioles are pushing to add another outfielder, and if they can't re-sign free agent left fielder Nate McLouth, they are trolling for other options, including former New York Yankees first baseman-outfielder Nick Swisher and former Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Nate Schierholtz.
As part of their continuing search to add depth and improve their roster, the Orioles have had multiple, face-to-face meetings with the representatives for pitcher Kevin Correia and outfielder Nate Schierholtz, according to an industry source.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette, who engineered one of the best turnarounds in baseball this season by taking the long suffering Orioles to the postseason for the first time in 15 years, was surprisingly shut out in the voting for this season's Sporting News Executive of the Year award, which goes to the game's top front office executive.
How cold will it be Saturday night, when the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants meet in the Motor City for Game 3 of the World Series? Forty-three degrees, with temperatures dipping into the upper 30s. The 1979 Orioles had it worse.
After the kind of night that Mark Reynolds had in Friday¿s 2-0 loss to the Rays ¿ in which the Orioles first baseman was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts while stranding six runners on base ¿ it seems like Reynolds is at the plate an awful lot in key situations, and most of the times leaving Orioles fans disappointed.
The general belief is that players recovering from hamate bone surgery -- as the Orioles' Nick Markakis is now -- have a short recovery time, but it can take a while for them to regain their power at the plate.
His right arm in a sling after morning surgery to remove a broken bone in his wrist, Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis said he hopes to be back in the lineup before the estimated three to four weeks of recovery time.
For the first time in his career, Gary Rajsich isn't just making suggestions on players, he'll be calling the shots starting Monday night, when the Orioles select fourth overall in baseball's annual amateur draft.