Friday, the Orioles began a nine-game homestand with a 3-10 record in Baltimore. Both manager Brandon Hyde and outfielder Trey Mancini pointed to this season’s slow start at Camden Yards as a case of a small sample size.
Right-hander Alex Cobb gave up four home runs, including three straight in the first inning, in the Orioles' 6-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Friday. The Orioles have allowed 64 home runs through 27 games.
Baseball's commissioner said Tuesday that "I have not made one decision in my entire time as commissioner related to the Baltimore Orioles that was based on whether or not the MASN litigation was ongoing."
The Orioles’ fate has long been determined, but Thursday night’s series-opening 5-2 loss to the Twins at Target Field – their 10th defeat in their past 11 games — offered some positives, but also more reasons for frustration.
Manager Buck Showalter isn't saying which of his starting pitchers will start on Opening Day, but if you listen to his comments about the O's projected rotation on Saturday and read between the lines, it should be pretty obvious that it will be Dylan Bundy.
Adam Jones is not giving in. He's not giving in to the highly prevalent notion that last month's rib cage strain is behind his sweepy swings throughout April. He's not giving in to acknowledging any sense of frustration at the plate, nor is his giving himself any extra credit for pulling himself out of a problematic start to the season.
If the Orioles' current power surge — in which they've continued to bludgeon opponents with home run balls in unfavorable weather conditions — follows the blueprint of most seasons, it spells good fortunes for the club's offense when the temperatures rise.
Adam Jones made Minnesota pay for walking Manny Machado in front of him, working a full count before lacing a two-run single into left field off Twins closer Kevin Jepsen, sending the Orioles to their third straight win, 5-3, in front of an announced 21,586 at Target Field.
As quickly as Camden Yards exalted following Gerardo Parra¿s go-ahead homer Friday night in the bottom of the sixth inning, the ballpark fell silent as the Orioles suffered through a nightmare eighth inning that sent them to a tough-to-digest 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Oriole Park.
By the time the Orioles¿ 15-2 loss to the Twins ended well after midnight, only about 200 of the announced 20,109 remained to witness the entire battering. The PA announcer¿s voice echoed through the seating bowl. Fans chased for foul balls through empty rows of green seats.
The Orioles' lead disappeared with two swings as Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer hit back-to-back homers off Bud Norris, two crushing blows that sent the Orioles on their way to a 5-3 loss in front of an announced 29,289.
The Orioles' decision to option right-hander Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk following his start Tuesday night was an easy one, especially considering Gausman had brought up the idea to pitching coach Dave Wallace two days earlier to keep pitching every fifth day over the All-Star break.
Kevin Gausman was torched for eight runs (seven earned) in just 3 2/3 innings of work, as the Minnesota Twins earned the series victory with an 8-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday at Target Field.
The Orioles got solo home runs from All-Stars Manny Machado and Adam Jones but lost when reliever Tommy Hunter allowed a two-run home run to Brian Dozier in the 10th inning, giving the Twins a 4-2 win.
No matter how well the Orioles do this season, perhaps the most improbable moment of 2014 for those who have followed this club over the past several years occurred in the third inning of the All-Star Game in Minnesota in July -- and it had little to do with the current Orioles.
The Orioles (79-57) had their four-game winning streak snapped and saw their lead in the American League East division drop to 8 1/2 games over the idle New York Yankees. The Twins (60-77) have won just two of their last nine games.