The Orioles reaped their revenge against the Nationals without further incident, sweeping their beltway battle with a 5-4 victory over the Nationals Thursday afternoon in front of an announced 28,456 in the makeup game of Monday¿s rainout.
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.
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.
After almost one month of the new instant replay system, there have been plenty of praises and criticisms as teams, umpires and Major League Baseball continue to search for the best ways to reach accurate calls using replay.
He opened the Orioles¿ Grapefruit League season by striking out three and giving up just one hit over two innings against a representative Tampa Bay Rays lineup in the Orioles 4-2 win at Charlotte Sports Park.
After playing the longest game in either franchise¿s history on Friday night, the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays returned to Tropicana Field looking like sleep-deprived clubs. The alarm finally went off for the Rays in the fifth when Desmond Jennings smacked a three-run homer to spur a 5-1 Tampa Bay victory
The industry was watching what the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays would do this winter because they are viewed as the potential new guard in the AL East with the New York Yankees aging, the Boston Red Sox rebuilding and the Tampa Bay Rays hampered by payroll.
A night after designated hitter Chris Davis became the 19th Oriole in franchise history to hit three homers in a game, catcher Matt Wieters accomplished something a lot less explosive but even more rare on Saturday.
On Wednesday night, Jason Hammel shut down a Blue Jays lineup that has scored the fourth-most runs in the American League, dancing mid-90 fastballs through the strike zone and missing Toronto bats all night, leading the Orioles to a 3-0 win at Camden Yards.
The boos that Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg received when he was introduced Sunday afternoon at the Rogers Centre actually seemed to be a decibel level higher than the ones he received from Orioles fans on Opening Day.
Brian Matusz saw his one-run lead crumble and then watch from the dugout as the Blue Jays rocked reliever Kevin Gregg in a seven-run sixth inning, handing the Orioles an ugly 9-2 defeat at the Rogers Centre.
The Orioles and Blue Jays combined for seven solo home runs, but it was Wilson Betemit's two-run single up the middle with two outs in the eight that proved to be the biggest hit in the game, propelling the Orioles to a 7-5 win over the Blue Jays.