Adam Jones and Nick Markakis had started every game this season -- all 141 -- before manager Buck Showalter decided to rest the two Orioles outfielders to start Sunday¿s series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Orioles didn't play their best baseball this weekend. But after a career day by Nelson Cruz in a 7-5 win in 11 innings over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon, they left Tropicana Field with a 9 1/2-game lead in the American League East.
After winning the opener of their three-game series at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the Orioles will turn to Orange County resident Miguel Gonzalez to lead them to victory against the Los Angeles Angels tonight.
Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman will start this afternoon in the series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, his third start since being called up from Triple-A Norfolk earlier this month.
The Orioles recorded their best offensive output in the past 14 games as a pair of homers sent them to a 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in front of an announced 10,803 at Tropicana Field.
The Orioles rallied from a three-run deficit to tie the game in the eighth inning Monday night before left-hander Brian Matusz allowed a game-winning two-run homer to Jerry Sands, handing the Orioles a 5-4 loss -- their third defeat in the past four games -- in front of an announced 10,576 at Tropicana Field.
The Orioles' expectation is that Dr. James Andrews will recommend Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery today and that the procedure could occur as early as Tuesday with the hope that Matt Wieters would be ready to play by Opening Day next season.
The Orioles were without first- and second-round draft picks this year, but that didn't stop Gary Rajsich, the club's director of scouting, from being excited about his new crop of players, including the three pitchers he introduced to the media and fans Thursday before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards.
Before Thursday's series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards, Orioles manager Buck Showalter took a step back from his statement Wednesday that a six-man rotation could be a possibility once right-hander Miguel Gonzalez returns from the disabled list.
Second baseman Jonathan Schoop watched Orioles center fielder Adam Jones carry the offense with a pair of towering solo home runs before he hit a two-run shot in the club's 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Second baseman Ryan Flaherty, making just his second start in 10 days, drove in the winning run with an RBI single in a two-run eighth inning, giving the Orioles a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in front of an announced 11,855.
Left-hander T.J. McFarland has been scratched from his scheduled start at Triple-A Norfolk on Monday night, and he likely will join the Orioles for their series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Tuesday, according to an industry source.
In their three-game series against the Minnesota Twins this weekend at Target Field, the Orioles scored just six total runs -- and four of those came on a pair of mammoth two-run home runs by left fielder Nelson Cruz.
Defensive back Jalen Tabor's decision to commit to Arizona, consummated Thursday with the donning of a Wildcats cap and the signaling of "Bear Down" at the Under Armour All-America Game, was a somewhat surprising marriage.
The Orioles knew there chances of making the playoffs this season were minuscule entering Tuesday night ¿ a less than 0.1 percent chance, according to coolstandings.com ¿ but manager Buck Showalter had his team believing down to that last sliver of hope.
Six of the eight Orioles who played all 18 innings in Friday's six hour, 54-minute marathon were in Saturday's starting lineup. It took them until the ninth to score in Saturday's 5-1 defeat to the Rays.