Struggling first baseman Chris Davis was out of the starting lineup Monday for the second time in eight games, dealing with a sagging batting average and lingering oblique soreness through which he has been playing.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to get right-handed hitter Delmon Young into the lineup. Young had made just four starts in June, the last coming June 15. He had just one at-bat during the past road trip, a pinch-hit homer Monday at Tampa Bay.
With their 8-0 victory Sunday, the Orioles (39-35) moved into a second-place tie with the New York Yankees (39-35) while handing Masahiro Tanaka just his second loss of the season. The teams are now 1 1/2 games behind the American League East-leading Toronto Blue Jays (42-35).
Bud Norris, who allowed just one earned run in the Orioles¿ 6-1 victory against the New York Yankees, walked off the mound with right groin tightness, forcing the constantly shuffling club to have to deal with another potential injury issue -- one that comes as Norris was in the middle of an impressive run.
The Orioles recorded their best offensive output in the past 14 games as a pair of homers sent them to a 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in front of an announced 10,803 at Tropicana Field.
The Orioles rallied from a three-run deficit to tie the game in the eighth inning Monday night before left-hander Brian Matusz allowed a game-winning two-run homer to Jerry Sands, handing the Orioles a 5-4 loss -- their third defeat in the past four games -- in front of an announced 10,576 at Tropicana Field.
Whether or not the Orioles use two long relievers today will determine when right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is activated from the 15-day disabled list -- and on what day he'll make his first major league start since straining his groin.
Despite two rain delays and an uneven but effective performance by starter Chris Tillman, the Orioles had a chance against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. But they turned in their weakest offensive performance of the season in a 1-0 loss.
The Orioles took advantage of Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel¿s control problems, scoring two runs on a pair of bases-loaded walks in the fifth inning on their way to a 4-1 win over the Astros in front of an announced 29,609 at Minute Maid Park.
After Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez grinded out a quality start, reliever Preston Guilmet allowed a tie-breaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning, sending the Orioles to a 3-1 loss in front of 22,884 at Minute Maid Park.
Although it was just a late May game against a team outside the American League East division, the Orioles' 4-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday afternoon had the feel of a game they just couldn't afford to lose.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he hopes that reliever Tommy Hunter, who was placed on the disabled list before Thursday's game against the Cleveland Indians with a left groin strain, will be able to return when he's eligible to be activated June 5.
The Orioles nearly survived one of the worst starts in the career of right-hander Chris Tillman, but they ultimately gave up a late run to lose, 9-8, to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a sloppy game that featured a combined 24 hits and 16 runners left on base.