Former Orioles general manager Andy MacPhail was at the winter meetings Monday morning as a member of the Hall of Fame veterans committee that unanimously elected managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre into Cooperstown.
The Orioles lost their fifth consecutive game on Monday, a 5-4 defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays that ended when pinch-hitter James Loney hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning against right-hander Tommy Hunter.
Former Orioles star and current front office executive Brady Anderson jokes that he began planning how to celebrate Chris Davis' 50th home run about three months ago after Davis hit his 30th homer of the season.
For the second straight night, the Orioles' late-inning fate was left to the bullpen Wednesday, and for the second consecutive night, the New York Yankees spoiled the Orioles' hopes for gaining ground in the American League wild-card race.
Tuesday night¿s game -- and the momentum of the Orioles' September push toward the postseason -- both took a turn for the worse in the eighth inning of Baltimore 7-5 loss to the Yankees at Camden Yards.
The Orioles entered the sixth inning of Tuesday night¿s loss with a 4-1 lead, but the game unraveled because the bullpen was shorthanded and manager Buck Showalter felt he had to leave rookie Kevin Gausman in for a second inning against the heart of the New York Yankees lineup.
Down to their final out, the Orioles finally came though with men on, as Matt Wieters hit a two-out, two-run single in the 10th inning to deliver a 4-3 comeback win in front of an announced 23,653 at Camden Yards.
If right-hander Chris Tillman is indeed the Orioles¿ ace, if he is indeed a bona fide top starter who can walk into any situation against any club and succeed, than he had the perfect opportunity to prove it Thursday night at Fenway Park.
Leading by two runs in the seventh, the Orioles bullpen allowed the Red Sox to tie it and then Tommy Hunter gave up a go-ahead bloop single to Mike Carp in the bottom of the eight as Boston rallied for a 4-3 win.