The Baltimore Orioles go for the series sweep against the Dodgers this afternoon. They've already won the series, their first ever against the Dodgers -- well, if you're not counting the 1996 World Series of course.
After playing today¿s doubleheader against the Dodgers ¿ and both Jason Hammel and Wei-Yin Chen starting today -- the Orioles will likely need a starter to pitch in Wednesday¿s afternoon game against the Blue Jays.
When Orioles first baseman Chris Davis flailed at a changeup in the dirt Tuesday for the last out of the third inning, he says he was really frustrated. So he snapped. And so did his bat. Over Davis' knee in one quick motion.
Chris Davis' astonishing start to this season hasn't occurred by accident. Through 12 games, he's putting up numbers that are only fit for video games. But it's the result of the 27-year-old Orioles first baseman realizing that he can truly get more with less.
Chris Davis was one of the hottest hitters in baseball in the first week of the season. His historic four-game start to the season probably promoted casual sports fans across the country to ask themselves, "Who is this Chris Davis guy and where did he come from?"
Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez probably delivered the sharpest outing during the first spin through the Orioles starting rotation, but he will not pitch in the three-game series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park
Chris Davis was rather subdued after his eighth-inning grand slam in Friday's home opener — which gave the Orioles' a 9-5 win over the Minnesota Twins and Davis a mind-numbing four homers and 16 RBIs in four 2013 games.
One of the biggest surprises of a stunning 93-win season for the Baltimore Orioles in 2012 was the emergence of Taiwanese left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who as a 27-year-old rookie led all Baltimore starters in wins, quality starts, strikeouts and ERA.
In their final road game of the spring, the Orioles lost, 9-5, while playing in a fierce wind blowing out in right field. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters and Twins left fielder Josh Willingham both hit homers that caught in the wind and drifted out.
Cuban defector outfielder Henry Urrutia, displaced in Haiti since the Orioles signed him to a $778,500 bonus in the summer, is expected to report to the club¿s minor league facility at Twin Lakes Park some time this weekend.
In their unexpected run to the playoffs last season, the Baltimore Orioles were historically good in one-run games, winning more than 76 percent of them. Their bullpen was among the best in the majors -- and among the best in franchise history -- as the Orioles' relievers went 32-11 with 55 saves and a 3.00 ERA.
Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, Darren O¿Day and Jim Johnson did not pitch through the first rotation of Grapefruit League games. Instead, they were scheduled to throw in a simulated game Tuesday morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex while the team traveled to Bradenton for a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
SOrioles second baseman Brian Roberts hit a par of doubles and scored two runs, while left fielder Nate McLouth added a two-out, pinch-hit double in the fourth inning to give the Orioles a 5-1 win over the Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium.