After making a critical error that fueled the Orioles¿ comeback from a two-run deficit, White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn hit a game-winning solo homer off Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the Orioles to a 3-2 walk-off loss in front of an announced 21,321 at U.S. Cellular Field.
With the Orioles entering July in second place in the American League East and tied with the Oakland A's for the top Wild Card spot, it's natural to look ahead to the end of the month and baseball's non-waiver trade deadline.
The pitching line probably won't knock your socks off, but Wei-Yin Chen hit 93 mph on the radar gun and pitched well except for a brief battle with his control in the fourth inning of his start on Saturday night for the Double-A Bowie Baysox.
The Orioles main priority heading into July 31¿s non-waiver trade deadline is adding a starting pitcher, and the club has been actively scouting potentially available arms, according to several sources.
Starter Zach Britton delivered what the Baltimore Orioles needed last night, providing them with a solid pitching performance during a challenging road trip when three-fifths of their starting rotation is unavailable for a myriad of reasons.
The Orioles officially added first baseman Travis Ishikawa before Tuesday's game. Ishikawa had exercised an opt-out clause in his contract Sunday and the Orioles had until midnight to add him, trade him or release him.
Arrieta received Monday¿s opportunity by circumstance. He struggled in his past two starts at Triple-A Norfolk, but the Orioles needs to fill a hole Monday when right-hander Jason Hammel couldn¿t start due to a stomach virus.
Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel, who returned to the club after two days away with a stomach virus, said he¿d doubtful he will be able to make his next scheduled start Monday against the Tigers in Detroit.
The evolution of Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman continued on Friday night with a statistical gem that was an obvious struggle. In the Orioles¿ 2-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox in front of a nearly packed house, Tillman did what good pitchers are supposed to do.
Right-hander Pedro Strop's lower back strain is improving and he has thrown two bullpen sessions. He will now throw one more bullpen session Saturday, then likely in a simulated game or go on a minor league rehab assignment Monday.
Kevin Gausman is 0-2 with an ERA of 11 in his first two major-league starters. He has given up four homers, has a WHIP of 2.00 and has struck out just five. But the Orioles are wise to stick with him a little longer.
To clear a roster spot for right-hander Miguel Gonzalez's return from the disabled list Tuesday, the Orioles optioned right-hander Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A Norfolk after just one start with the big league club.
Less than two weeks ago, the Baltimore Orioles were tied for first place in the American League East. Now, with the rotation struggling, closer Jim Johnson having blown back-to-back save opportunities, and seemingly every bounce going the other way, the Orioles have lost five straight games and are tied for third place.
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Infielder Alexi Casilla, who has been a switch-hitter since he was 16, said hitting coach Jim Presley approached him about concentrating on hitting from the right side only, and he has been working on that for a few weeks in the cage.
Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth entered Thursday's game with 11 stolen bases, second most in the American League. McLouth credits Manny Machado's patience at the plate hitting behind him with allowing him to be aggressive on the basepaths.
Orioles left-hander Zach Britton was hoping to get more than one start to show the organization that he had regained the form that made him one of the club's most promising pitchers a few years ago. He is going to have to do that again at Triple-A.