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.
On the night the Orioles gave away "Crush Davis" action figures, first baseman Chris Davis was not in Saturday's starting lineup — in part because the Seattle Mariners started tough young left-hander James Paxton.
The Orioles had to make a roster move in order to recall right-hander Bud Norris from Double-A Bowie to make tonight's start, and they optioned catcher Steve Clevenger back to Triple-A Norfolk before the game.
Playing before another split and soldout crowd at Camden Yards — this sellout, the seventh here this year, was announced at 46,667 — the Orioles were shut out for the seventh time this season and first since June 13 against Toronto.
On Wednesday, Bud Norris struggled through his shortest outing of the season. He failed to get an out in the fifth inning, and Orioles pitchers gave up three homers in a 6-2 loss in front of an announced 35,575 at Camden Yards.
The decision to send right-hander Kevin Gausman back to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday was as much to limit his innings as it was to bring up another reliever, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before tonight¿s game against the Washington Nationals.
Winning two of three games this weekend at Fenway Park wasn't easy, but the Orioles had reason to celebrate after surviving their series finale Sunday afternoon with a 7-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox in 12 innings.
BOSTON -- Orioles right-hander Bud Norris came out of his two-inning simulated game Saturday well and is a candidate to start on Tuesday or Wednesday against the Nationals, but the club is leaning toward starting him Tuesday in Washington.
When Ubaldo Jimenez walked off the mound in the fourth inning in the nightcap of the Orioles' split doubleheader Saturday night, a split of their twin bill against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park seemed unlikely.
They followed that up with a 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers without hitting one longball -- the Orioles first homerless victory since April 26 to secure a four-game sweep at Camden Yards for the first time since 2008.
The Orioles led the major leagues with 46 home runs in June, and they continued their power surge into July. They hit three homers, including Nelson Cruz's 26th of the season on his 34th birthday, in an 8-3 victory over the struggling Texas Rangers on Tuesday night in front of an announced 19,150.
The Orioles have cut ties -- at least temporarily -- with one of their longest tenured players, designating outfielder Nolan Reimold for assignment Tuesday. The club now has 10 days to trade, release or ask waivers on Reimold, who has been attempting to return from neck surgeries each of the past two years.
As Ubaldo Jimenez walked off the mound in the middle of the eighth inning of the Orioles' 7-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday night, he was greeted by the home crowd at Camden Yards with a standing ovation.
Nolan Reimold has reached the end of his 20-day injury rehabilitation assignment, but the Orioles have yet to decide whether they will designate the outfielder for assignment or add him to the club's 25-man active roster, executive vice president Dan Duquette said Monday.
Right-hander Evan Meek and left-hander Brian Matusz combined to give up nine runs -- including seven in a decisive sixth inning -- and the Orioles set a new season-high in runs allowed in a 12-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.