Orioles slugger Chris Davis has been on quite a roll recently, but Wednesday¿s heroics took him and his team to another level. His full-count, one-out grand slam in the 10th inning at O.co Coliseum broke a tie and ultimately gave the Orioles a 7-3 victory over the Oakland A's before an announced crowd of 20,176.
The Orioles' acquisition of outfielder Gerardo Parra in Friday's trade-deadline deal with the Milwaukee Brewers marked the end of Bud Norris' time with the team. The Orioles designated the veteran right-hander for assignment shortly after announcing the Parra trade, parting ways with a key piece of their 2014 rotation.
With the resurgent Chris Tillman throwing a complete game shutout Wednesday, the Orioles made their emphatic point with a 2-0 victory in front of an announced 29,328 that patiently waited out a 33-minute rain delay before the first pitch to witness a sweep of the Atlanta Braves.
Orioles reliever Darren O'Day didn't pitch in Tuesday's All Star Game, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have an on-field moment worth crowing about. "I robbed a home run at the wall in batting practice," said O'Day, who said he shagged a would-be homer by Los Angeles Angels outfielder Albert Pujols. "That was one of my goals."
Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. said Tuesday on a conference call that despite a rash of early-season injuries, the 2015 edition of the Orioles are ¿positioned pretty well¿ for the rest of the season with the core of its team now healthy.
Heading into Wednesday night, Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen had been dominant in his career against the Texas Rangers, a club that had blasted eight homers and scored 16 runs in their previous two games at Camden Yards this week. Something had to give, and fortunately for the Orioles, it was Chen¿s mastery that continued in a 4-2 win Wednesday night before an announced 23,019.
After taking a tie game into the bottom of the eighth, the Orioles were on the brink of disaster as reliever Darren O¿Day loaded the bases with no outs. Somehow, O¿Day escaped the inning without allowing a run, and the Orioles rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to give them a 5-3 win over the Jays in front of a sellout crowd of 46,018.
Playing each other for the third straight time, but first at Citizens Bank Park since 2009, the Orioles beat the Phillies again, this time 6-4 thanks to a four-run fourth inning and solo homers by Travis Snider and scalding newcomer Chris Parmelee.
A decade ago, it was nicknamed the "American League Beast," the biggest, baddest division in all of baseball. It featured the sport's two free-spending behemoths and three other talented but inferior teams that seemingly prayed for the gift of realignment to win a title. But the American League East has become — gasp — anyone's race each season, with four clubs winning the division title in the past five years. Only the Toronto Blue Jays haven't captured the crown recently.
Since then, neither Orioles starter has lasted more than five innings, placing an added load on the relievers. That's not necessarily a recipe for winnings, but despite being one man short, the Orioles bullpen has allowed just one hit over 8 2/3 innings the past two nights in a pair of wins over the Boston Red Sox.
Once play resumed in the bottom of the third, the Orioles bullpen couldn¿t preserve a three-run lead, and the Orioles needed a two-out RBI single from J.J. Hardy in the eighth inning for a 5-4 victory.
Mike Wright was nothing short of brilliant, mixing in a 97-mph fastball, with a low-90s sinker, and a sharp slider and curve to help the Orioles (16-19) avoid a sweep in a three-game series against the Angels (19-18).
The Orioles had been stuck in a strange offensive pattern in the last week: Three separate times they scored five runs or more in one game only to follow it up with two runs or fewer the next contest. They broke that up-down trend Saturday night, but not in a good way, losing 6-1 to the Los Angeles Angels before an announced 29,102.
Five Orioles who have never been represented in bobblehead form are up for this year's AT&T Fans' Choice Bobblehead vote, with the winner to be featured as a giveaway during Fan Appreciation Weekend on Oct. 4.
Even though Eddie Gamboa struggled in his short time in big league camp this spring, Orioles manager Buck Showalter believes he's further along in the his transformation into a knuckleballer than former Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey was at the same time.
The Orioles have avoided arbitration with right-hander Tommy Hunter by reaching an agreement Monday with the relief pitcher on a one-year deal. It is worth $4.65 million, according to an industry source.