Having spent their entire careers in cavernous Kauffman Stadium and the spacious ballparks of the American League Central, longtime Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon and Billy Butler always have welcomed trips to the comparatively cozy Camden Yards.
There are more similarities between the Orioles and their American League Championship Series opponent, the Kansas City Royals, than not -- they both have solid pitching, stellar bullpens and play exemplary defense -- but the way they score runs is completely different.
Former Mets pitcher Ron Darling will be part of a three-man broadcast booth anchored by play-by-play man Ernie Johnson and former Oriole great Cal Ripken Jr. during the American League Championship Series.
Because he has spent most of his six-season career with the Houston Astros, Orioles right-hander Bud Norris has never had the opportunity to pitch in the postseason. That changes Sunday, when Norris will start Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers.
The Orioles once again beat the Detroit Tigers bullpen in the eighth inning Friday afternoon at Camden Yards, when Delmon Young delivered a bases-loaded double to cap a four-run eighth and give the club a 7-6 victory.
A day after the Detroit Tigers bullpen imploded in Game 1, the same cast of relievers was again responsible for an eighth-inning meltdown that sent the Orioles on the road with a 7-6 win and a 2-0 lead in the American League Division Series.
With co-ace Justin Verlander struggling early in the season, Scherzer took on a leading role in the Detroit rotation. But none of that success this year came against the Orioles, and through the first two innings, it didn't look like he would come anywhere close to resembling that pitcher.
Much has been made about what the Orioles' roster for the American League Division Series will look like. It'll likely be known later today, though manager Buck Showalter doesn't have to submit it until Thursday morning.
With their spot in the American League Division Series solidified, the Orioles have rested starters while auditioning players ahead of some tough playoff roster decisions. But they've also committed seven errors in the last three games — including three on Saturday — which is uncharacteristic for manager Buck Showalter's defensive-minded club.
The starting lineup the Orioles fielded in Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre was missing 98 homers and 304 RBIs. Without Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones, Steve Pearce and J.J. Hardy, the Orioles were minus a significant amount of offensive punch.
Over the past three seasons, one of the foundations of the Orioles success has been their defense. But in recent days, it's becoming evident that the team¿s defense isn't up to the standard that manager Buck Showalter has set.
If Derek Jeter could have scripted his perfect ending at Yankee Stadium, it would have looked a lot like what actually happened Thursday night, but it wouldn't have happened if the Orioles hadn't worked so hard on the rewrite.
After the Orioles were held to one hit on Monday, they responded with 17 hits in Tuesday's 5-4 win. Seeing leadoff hitter Nick Markakis get four hits, including a two-run homer, was a good sign for the Orioles.
First baseman Steve Pearce and right fielder Nick Markakis weren¿t in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Boston Red Sox, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he would expect both to play in the upcoming series against the New York Yankees.
First baseman Steve Pearce, who was scratched from Saturday¿s 7-2 win over Boston with wrist soreness during batting practice, was X-rayed and received a cortisone shot in his right wrist, manager Buck Showalter said.
The Orioles' lineup for Friday night's game against the Boston Red Sox looks more like it is ready for Fort Myers, Fla., in March than Camden Yards in September. That's what happens when you clinch your division with a week-plus to play, I suppose.
When he was designated for assignment in April, Steve Pearce definitely didn't expect to be back in orange and black five months later, celebrating both a division title and the best season of his journeyman career.
Steve Pearce got the message. The Orioles already have clinched the American League East. He was celebrating Tuesday night. But, to paraphrase what the kids like to say these days at Camden Yards, "Pearce Won't Stop."
In his third trip to the plate, in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ, Orioles rookie Christian Walker laced a double down the left-field line for his first major league hit.
Backed by a two-homer game from Steve Pearce, there was no hangover Wednesday night as the Orioles swept the second-place Toronto Blue Jays with a 6-1 win in front of an announced 37,537 at Camden Yards.
Roughly two weeks ago, first baseman Christian Walker was at Camden Yards picking up his Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award. On Wednesday, he was in the Orioles' starting lineup, batting seventh and playing first base in his major league debut.
Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman has been suspended six games and handed an undisclosed fine by Major League Baseball for throwing at Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph¿s head in the sixth inning of Monday¿s game.
After clinching the American League East title Tuesday, the Orioles are in a bit of a baseball limbo: Do they try to catch the Los Angeles Angels for the AL's top seed, or do they forget about trying to get home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and try to spell their regulars?