The Orioles returned home from this week's baseball winter meetings with a pair of outfielders selected in the Rule 5 draft, an event that caps the meetings and runs at a breakneck pace. For some teams, it's an afterthought. Others treat it like the end of a busy week full of trades and free-agent signings. For the Orioles, it has become a defining aspect of their offseasons.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he doesn¿t expect right-hander Chris Tillman to make his scheduled start Monday in Oakland. Tillman sprained his left ankle in the ninth inning of his start Wednesday, and while it is getting better, he missed his scheduled work day.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones blasted a three-run homer into the Orioles bullpen in the fifth inning Friday night to bring his career home run total with Baltimore to 183. The long ball moved him past Ken Singleton into sole possession of seventh place on the Orioles¿ all-time home run list.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman said throughout the first half that he felt like he was close to being the starter that gave his team a chance to win every outing; he just wasn't there yet. In his first start of the second half, Tillman was there ¿ and then some ¿ in a 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers that halted the Orioles' three-game losing streak and returned them to .500 (45-45).
Orioles designated hitter-left fielder Nelson Cruz finished seventh in the Baseball Writers' Association of America's voting for American League Most Valuable Player, while center fielder Adam Jones placed 14th.
The first bombshell of the hot stove season dropped Wednesday when the Detroit Tigers backed up the truck to keep designated hitter Victor Martinez with a four-year deal that is reportedly worth $68 million.
A day after Orioles manager Buck Showalter finished second in the Sporting News' American League Manager of the Year voting, none of the team's players were selected for the publication's AL All-Star team.
Nelson Cruz broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with a two-run homer off left-hander David Price, giving the Orioles a 2-1 clinching victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
The Orioles once again beat the Detroit Tigers bullpen in the eighth inning Friday afternoon at Camden Yards, when Delmon Young delivered a bases-loaded double to cap a four-run eighth and give the club a 7-6 victory.
The Orioles hit two homers and then battered the Detroit Tigers bullpen for an eight-run eighth inning -- turning a one-run game into an all-out rout in a 12-3 win in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
As they have all season, the Orioles found a less traditional way to outduel flashier talent. Two first-time postseason performers, starter Chris Tillman and reliever Andrew Miller, combined to produce a better line than Scherzer before the Orioles blew the game open against the Tigers bullpen and won, 12-3.