Former Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez cleared release waivers Friday, officially receiving his unconditional release from the club and becoming a free agent. It seems unlikely, but the Orioles still hope they can re-sign Gonzalez to a minor league deal and have him pitch in the rotation at Triple-A Norfolk. Gonzalez will likely get a major league offer elsewhere.
Minor leaguer Garabez Rosa singled to drive in the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Orioles salvaged a 4-4 tie with the Atlanta Braves to remain unbeaten in their last six Grapefruit League games.
The two new position players projected for every day roles on the Orioles' Opening Day roster, designated hitter Pedro Alvarez and right fielder Mark Trumbo, each homered and drove in seven total runs.
A winless swoon that spanned all of spring training came to an end for the Orioles with Saturday¿s 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, but the victory was pyrrhic as catcher Matt Wieters left the game after the first inning with elbow soreness.
There's nothing insignificant about a baseball-sized reduction at the bottom end of the invisible rectangle that governs the pace and presentation of the national pastime. The sport is trying to find that sweet spot between the homer-happy steroid era and the recent offensive malaise that is the result of a variety of factors — from increasing bullpen specialization to an uptick in pitch velocity to the dramatic proliferation of defensive shifts.
The Orioles opened their home exhibition schedule with a wild-and-crazy 11-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Ed Smith Stadium on Wednesday that featured a frightening spring debut by starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and the first Chris Davis moonshot of the Grapefruit League season.
Whether the Orioles are ultimately able to lock up Yovani Gallardo and Dexter Fowler remains to be seen. Regardless of the outcome, the club heads into spring training this year with few roster and position battles. That's because leading up to this point, the Orioles' offseason focused on keeping its core group intact, and they've done that in retaining first baseman Chris Davis, setup man Darren O'Day and catcher Matt Wieters.
The Orioles agreed to one-year contracts for 2016 with star third baseman Manny Machado, starters Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez, and infielder Ryan Flaherty ahead of Friday¿s deadline to exchange salary-arbitration figures, according to industry sources.
With their roster still in flux and several weighty decisions looming, the Orioles will host their annual FanFest on Saturday at the Baltimore Convention Center in what often is both a celebration of Orioles baseball and a fairly accurate barometer of what fans expect from the club.
The side-arming Darren O'Day had his most impressive campaign in what has been a splendid four years in Baltimore. But the Orioles have already shown, with Andrew Miller, they won't pay closer money for a reliever not slated to close games.
Last season, the Orioles rotation posted a remarkable 2.98 ERA after the All-Star break, emerging as the biggest strength down the stretch as the club won its first division title in 17 years. But as the Orioles failed to meet high expectations this season, the dramatic decline of the team's starting pitchers might be the biggest disappointment in 2015.
When the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners early Tuesday morning, the Orioles' pursuit of the 2015 playoffs officially ended after weeks of sputtering and hoping. With that elimination comes the reality that this Orioles club likely will undergo drastic changes in the next few months.
The Orioles left the nation's capital on a surprising roll, but they need to stay on it for another 10 days and they need a couple of their key players back to give themselves any chance of completing a miracle run to the playoffs.
It was a sad day for baseball after news broke early Wednesday morning that Hall of Famer Yogi Berra had died at 90, and that news hit Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who carried on a long friendship with the Yankees great, especially hard.
Orioles closer Zach Britton was not summoned to close Tuesday night¿s 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals, which raised more questions about his physical condition and the outlook for the rest of his season.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is not revealing what physical issues he's dealing with right now, but he said getting a second straight day of rest Thursday was helpful after pitching consecutively from Sunday to Tuesday.
An Orioles team muddling below .500 with just 20 games left in the regular season -- still six games back of the second American League wild-card spot -- took two of three from a Royals team with the best record in the AL this weekend at Camden Yards.
Two errors, including one by Manny Machado in his first inning as a big league shortstop, gave the Twins a 4-3 win in 12 innings, sending the plummeting Orioles to their fourth straight loss before an announced 35,144.
Two nights, two walk-off homers for the Orioles. It¿s mid-August and this enigmatic club isn¿t dead yet. One night after Manny Machado hit a two-run homer to give the Orioles a win in 13 innings Friday, Chris Davis provided the heroics on Saturday, a solo homer to right in the bottom of the ninth to give the Orioles a 4-3 victory.
Jason Garcia, who was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Aug. 6, hadn¿t pitched in a week and had seriously struggled with his command this season. He entered Friday night with 12 walks in 14 2/3 innings and a 5.52 ERA.
After throwing more pitches than he has all season in Monday's 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners, Orioles closer Zach Britton's arm was heavily wrapped in ice. Britton threw a season-high 36 pitches in recording a five-out save against the Mariners — an outing that was extended because of a rare J.J. Hardy error and a Caleb Joseph passed ball on a strikeout that would have ended the game but instead yielded an unearned run.
Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen allowed just one run in 7 1/3 innings pitched, Adam Jones and Chris Davis hit home runs and closer Zach Britton held on during a touch ninth inning to beat the Seattle Mariners, 3-2.
The Orioles are playing considerably faster than a season ago when their average time of game was 3 hours, 7 minutes, the longest for the team since the turn of the century and the fourth-longest average in franchise history. Since Major League Baseball implemented a series of rules this season to improve the pace of play, the Orioles have finished games, on average, 15 minutes faster than they did in 2014. The Orioles' average this season is 2:52, which is tied for third-shortest in the majors.
The Orioles really needed to win Wednesday¿s series finale in Oakland to get a leg up on their long West Coast road trip ¿and it wasn¿t looking good for most of the afternoon. It was even a little tense when Davis came up in the 10th inning after Adam Jones popped up with the bases loaded and nobody out. Davis worked the count full and launched a grand slam that gave the O¿s the series and briefly gave him the American League RBIs lead with 79.