That¿s why the Orioles made the playoffs last season ¿ and with 42 games left in the season and many of them against the division ¿ this is when we will truly find out whether the Orioles are a playoff-caliber team and can become 25 men against the world again.
While the Orioles bullpen has received its share of work over the course of the club's eight-game road trip to San Diego, San Francisco and Arizona, manager Buck Showalter says he isn't worried about his relievers tiring.
Despite Chris Davis' majors leading 43rd homer of the season and a gritty rally in the ninth, the Orioles dropped their series opener to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-6, with a walk-off loss in front of an announced 18,889 at Chase Field.
The Orioles rallied from an early two-run deficit to score 10 unanswered runs for a 10-2 victory Sunday afternoon in their series finale in San Francisco in front of an announced sellout crowd of 41,622 at AT&T Park
Orioles right-hander Francisco Rodriguez is still adapting to a new clubhouse and a new role in the bullpen, but manager Buck Showalter said the veteran reliever will play an expanded role down the stretch.
Two years ago Tuesday, Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis received a set of phone calls in a Toronto hotel room: They were traded from the pennant-chasing Texas Rangers to the last-place Orioles in a move that would help alter the course of a franchise and their careers.
With a masterful, 6-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night that snapped a three-game losing streak for the Orioles, the 25-year-old Tillman (13-3) became the first Oriole since lefty Erik Bedard in 2007 to win at least 13 games in a season. He¿s the first to hit the mark in July since Sidney Ponson won No. 13 on July 10, 2003.
The Orioles made what could be considered a classic trade deadline move Tuesday, dealing promising prospect Nick Delmonico to the Milwaukee Brewers for right-handed reliever Francisco Rodriguez, a piece that could be critical to a postseason run.
After making a critical error that fueled the Orioles¿ comeback from a two-run deficit, White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn hit a game-winning solo homer off Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the Orioles to a 3-2 walk-off loss in front of an announced 21,321 at U.S. Cellular Field.
Weeks before the trade deadline, the Orioles bolstered their starting pitching on Tuesday, acquiring right-hander Scott Feldman from the Cubs along with catcher Steve Clevenger for right-handed pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop.
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. This week, we exchanged emails with Avi Miller, who blogs about the Baltimore Orioles for Baltimore Sports Report.
Over the course of a 162-game season, some wins can get lost, but the Orioles' 4-2 victory over the Yankees on Sunday night was one that will likely resonate in the hearts of fans in Baltimore for a while.
The Orioles managed just five hits in seven innings against Sabathia ¿ and were held without a hit for the game¿s first five innings ¿ but McLouth¿s go-ahead solo homer off Sabathia in the bottom of the seventh was the difference in the Orioles¿ 4-3 comeback win in front of an announced 40,041 at Camden Yards.