Manny Machado's scalding start to the season might not be that surprising to those who have seen the Orioles third baseman blossom into one of the game's top young stars. But even Machado's teammates express wonderment over his consistency at the plate over the team's first 14 games. Machado entered Friday's series opener against the Kansas City Royals leading the major leagues with a .407 batting average and 24 hits. His .780 slugging percentage and 1.251 OPS led American League hitters and
Manny Machado's scalding start to the season might not be that surprising to those who have seen the Orioles third baseman blossom into one of the game's top young stars. But even Machado's teammates possess some wonderment about how Machado has been so consistent at the plate over the team's first 14 games. Machado entered Friday's series opener against the Kansas City Royals leading the major leagues with a .407 batting average and 24 hits. His .780 slugging percentage and 1.251 OPS led all
After an interminable first inning against a foe that crushed him all through 2015, a slider that Orioles starter Chris Tillman is only now growing comfortable with helped him regain control and pitch his best start of the season.
There's no doubt the Orioles lineup has big-inning potential, and there was no greater example of that than Friday's nine-run seventh inning in Texas. Aside from that inning, the Orioles have been unable to manufacture any sort of sustainable offense since their 7-0 start to the season, which is a troubling sign.
Mike Wright hasn't had many opportunities to prove his worth in the Orioles starting rotation. Sixteen days into the season and Wright was stepping on the mound Tuesday for just his second start, his scheduled starts postponed twice because of weather and pushed back one other time. And even though he posted a quality start in the Orioles' 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Wright might already be pitching to save his spot.
It certainly would be a treat for Orioles fans if they could dispatch the Blue Jays and send Jose "Bat Flip" Bautista and his friends packing before heading back out on the road to face the world champion Kansas City Royals this weekend.
The front office delivered a three-month storm of spending that vaulted the Orioles from 17th in the league in payroll in 2015 to a projected 11th at $142 million in 2016. And to pay for the spending, the Orioles raised ticket prices across the board. Big contracts often create big expectations and pressure to win.
Right-hander Mike Wright delivered one of the best performances by an Orioles starting pitcher this spring on Thursday night, pitching five shutout innings and giving up just four hits in a split-squad 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium.
Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe has missed nearly half the team's games over the past two seasons, battling knee and ankle injuries in 2014, the concussion he sustained in the opening game of 2015 and the shoulder injury that ended his season.
The Orioles are withholding judgment on the likelihood that South Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim will win an everyday job in left field, but it certainly appears they are preparing for an alternative scenario.
It was just Chris Tillman's first Grapefruit League start, and second game action of the spring after being limited by a hip strain that pushed back his debut. Yet his outing Tuesday fits too comfortably into the growing concern about the starting rotation to be qualified by that. It's early for everyone, but for a staff that entered the season with questions, answers have been few.
Left-hander T.J. McFarland threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Sunday morning, his first time on a mound after leaving his March 6 appearance with elbow inflammation, and after reporting no issues says the next step in his mind is returning to game action.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman will make his spring training debut Tuesday in a road game against the Toronto Blue Jays, a decision made necessary by his need for innings after a hip strain but contrary to manager Buck Showalter¿s previous desire to keep his starters away from division opponents.
It has not been a happy couple of days for Jimmy Paredes, whose attempt to show the Orioles that he can be a viable option in the outfield took a major hit when he rolled over his left wrist trying to make a play in Thursday's exhibition loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
SARASOTA, Fla. ¿ The Orioles¿ early spring training barnstorming tour continues this afternoon as the Orioles play the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, part of a stretch of five road games in their first seven to open the Grapefruit League season.
Spring training competition is nothing new for Orioles right-hander Vance Worley. Every year, it seems, he's trying to prove his worth. This spring, the 28-year-old Worley finds himself with his fourth team in five years, once again fighting for a spot on the 25-man roster.
Making his first Grapefruit League start of the spring, right-hander Miguel Gonzalez was roughed up for seven runs on eight hits over 1 1/3 innings in the Orioles¿ 10-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.
After the their bats opened their Grapefruit League opener hot, the Orioles blew an early four-run lead in their Grapefruit League opener Tuesday afternoon in a 4-4 tie in 10 innings against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista.
One of the perceptions about last year¿s Orioles team is that it was lacking in clutch hitting, even though the Orioles scored eight more runs than their 2014 American League East division-title season and batted .276 with runners in scoring position, the sixth-best mark in those situations in baseball and fourth-best in the AL.