Orioles bullpen catcher Jett Ruiz was a college teammate of former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, a 29-year-old old stricken with ALS who has been credited for fueling momentum of the challenge, which picked up steam in Boston after Frates challenged family and friends on social media. Area athletes followed suit, later followed by numerous athletes and celebrities around the nation.
The beating the Orioles put on the Chicago White Sox bullpen last night -- five runs in the eighth inning off three relievers with ERAs over five -- was born of the same offseason strategy that the Orioles took with their bullpen.
The sixth annual Orioles Pet Calendar benefitting the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) will go on sale August 12, and five players will be on-hand to sign calendars at the shelter that day.
On Tuesday night, Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez shut down the highest scoring lineup in the major leagues for seven innings and fell one out short of his third straight eight-inning outing in a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels in front of an announced 35,353.
For the second time in three games against the Washington Nationals, Orioles manager Buck Showalter chose to intentionally walk slumping Nats outfielder Bryce Harper to take his chances against the rest of Washington¿s batting order.
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.
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.
Chris Tillman has been searching for the consistency that turned him into an ace in 2013. The Baltimore Orioles right-hander had a complete-game shutout on May 16 against Kansas City. And then his next outing, he lasted just one inning.
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.
Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman continues to show that he's grown from the flame-throwing pitcher he was in his previous big league stints to a much more polished starter who can use all his pitches to limit damage.
Orioles right-handed relievers Darren O'Day and Tommy Hunter have been good friends for years. They even have vacationed together in the offseason. But there is a friendly rivalry brewing between the two, caused by bullpen-homer-gate.
Counting Saturday afternoon's 3-2 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles have registered six consecutive quality starts, padding their season high. That's a huge turnaround for a rotation that entered the week with the fourth-worst ERA in the AL.
The Orioles activated right-hander Tommy Hunter from the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's game against the Oakland Athletics at Camden Yards and optioned right-hander Evan Meek to Triple-A Norfolk.
Catcher Caleb Joseph started again Wednesday, his fourth start in the Orioles' last five games. This time, Joseph started against a right-hander after making his previous three starts against left-handers.