4-21-14: The Baltimore Orioles are pleased with the progress of their young superstar third baseman Manny Machado. Machado played in an extended spring game over the weekend and had no complaints. Meanwhile in the big leagues the Baltimore Orioles are in last place of the American League East division. The American League East is extremely competitive and the Baltimore Orioles with their current record would be in third place in many other divisions around baseball. The Orioles will be in Boston for the annual Veterans Day game at Fenway Park. It was announced that J.J.Hardy will not be in the lineup due to hamstring soreness.
4-14-14: The Baltimore Orioles sit at 5-7 through their first 11 games, good for fourth place in the competitive AL East. The Orioles lost their first game versus the New York Yankees to start the week, but were able to rebound to earn a 2-1 series win behind a big 14-5 win, as well as a close 5-4 win. Baltimore didn’t find nearly as much success in their second series of the week, as they dropped two of three games to the Toronto Blue Jays.
4-7-14: The Baltimore Orioles earned a hard fought 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on opening day, but since then have struggled mightily through the first week of the 2014 MLB season. The Red Sox rebounded to steal the next two contests of a three game series, while the Orioles one just one game against the Detroit Tigers and gave up 17 total runs in the other two meetings. Newly acquired big hitter Nelson Cruz has been the lone bright spot for the Orioles, who are having a tough time on offense despite his two home runs.
4-1-14: A year after leading the major leagues in home runs, the Baltimore Orioles added to the pile in a thrilling 2-1 victory over the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox on opening day. Newly added Nelson Cruz didn’t waste much time getting into the action on offense as he hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning to help the Orioles earn the win in his debut with the team. The win wouldn’t have been possibly without a stellar defensive effort, however, as starting pitcher Zach Britton earned the win for Baltimore with two scoreless innings and Tommy Hunter got three outs to earn the save in the ninth.
3-27-14: The Baltimore Orioles acquired former New York Yankee and Cleveland Indians third basemen David Adams on a minor league deal after claiming him off waivers to start the final week of spring training before Opening Day 2014. The Orioles also thought they had a relief option in Luis Vizcaino after a strong 2013 in the Mexican League but the 39 year old was released today from minor league camp, thus ending his comeback attempt. Baltimore is hoping for a bounce back season from Johan Santana as he continues his rehab from a second shoulder surgery and hopes to be back and ready by mid-season 2014. In the final act for Baltimore before the 2014 season begins they traded Alex Gonzalez to the infield deficient Detroit Tigers for Steve Lombardozzi, a 37 year old veteran on a minor league deal for a 25 year old prospect, a big score and a big win for the Orioles organization.
3-20-14: The Baltimore Orioles made some late pushes in the offseason signing the likes of Ubaldo Jimenez and missed out on Ervin Santana to the Atlanta Braves but are still poised to compete again in the American League East. The Orioles big time bat in the middle of the lineup Chris Davis is nearing free agency and talks of an extension to be on the backburner at this time between Davis and the club. Baltimore continues to have one of the best records in the Grapefruit League and even saw the debut of Suk-Min Yoon recently in a split squad game with the New York Yankees. In case you were wondering manager Buck Schowalter has named Chris Tillman as the Opening Day starter for Baltimore this season.
3-14-14: Suk min Yoon, the South Korean right hander, will make his debut for the Orioles this Saturday vs the New York Yankees. Yoon, 27, signed a $5.75 million deal over three seasons. Baltimore Orioles tickets for the game currently average $52.80 on the secondary market. The cheapest seat available is $36 and prices are down 35% this week.
3-13-14: The Baltimore Orioles have had an up and down offseason and an even more up and down spring training camp. At first the Orioles seemed content with standing pat and even traded away one of the American League's leaders in saves in Jim Johnson in hopes of acquiring fellow closer Grant Balfour only to lose out to him to a bad physical. The Orioles are now showing off their newest toy Ubaldo Jimenez in spring camp and now have one of the best records in all of the Grapefruit League this year. Opening Day tickets are usually so hard to come by and now that Jimenez is likely to start the season for the O's these tickets will be harder to come by. This could be an exciting season for the O's and their fans, and it better be because a lot of Baltimore's talent is young but heading towards free agency.
3-5-14: Johan Santana and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed on a minor-league contract which will give the veteran injury prone left B a chance to make a big league roster this spring. Unfortunately the scouting report on Santanas repaired shoulder is that he topped out at 81 mph late this February. Also for the Orioles young third baseman Manny Machado is scheduled to have an exam on his knee on March 18 at which time he may receive permission to resume Full Contact baseball activities.
3-3-14: Orioles 5 most expensive remaining Spring Training games: 1.) 3/15 vs New York Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium, 2.) 3/17 vs Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Networks Field, 3.) 3/26 vs Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park, 4.) 3/24 vs Boston Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium, 5.) 3/8 vs Boston Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium
2-28-14: The top 5 most expensive Baltimore Orioles tickets for the 2014 season are currently: March 31 vs the Boston Red Sox, August 13 vs the New York Yankees, July 13 vs the New York Yankees, September 14 vs the New York Yankees, and September 20 vs the Boston Red Sox. April 16th vs the Tampa Bay Rays is the cheapest.
2-27-14: O's 3rd Baseman Manny Machado will have his injured left knee reevaluated on March 18th. Machado has been rehabbing his knee after reconstructive surgery in October 2013. Orioles' recent signee Nelson Cruz is set to make his debut for the team during their Spring Training game vs Toronto on Saturday.
2-26-14: When 19 year old prospect Josh Hart didn't know who hall of famer Frank Robinson was; Buck Showalter put him to work. He demanded a one page report, due the next day. For those who need a refresher; Robinson was a 14 time all star and the first black manager in major league history.
2-25-14: The Orioles announced the signing of veteran outfielder Nelson Cruz earlier today. The terms of the deal are 1 year and $8 million. Cruz is expected to become the team's designated hitter. Cruz served a 50 game suspension during the 2013 season while with the Rangers for violating the MLB drug policy.
1-24-14: Since winning a Wild Card berth in 2012 the Baltimore Orioles have not been able to make a return trip to the postseason while plateauing from a talent standpoint and this offseason has been no different as Baltimore has been steadfast in making moves, only signing middle reliever Ryan Webb. The Orioles were able to avoid arbitration with slugger Chris Davis who signed a one year $10 million deal.
1-7-14: The Baltimore Orioles patiently await the recovery of third baseman manny Machado who destroyed his knee during the end of last season. Machado is expected back for opening day and I said that he's encouraged at the progress of his rehab. The Baltimore Orioles are in the midst of negotiating a contract extension for the shortstop JJ Hardy.
12-9-13: The Baltimore orioles will bring back the strong nucleus of young talent that they have improving for the past three seasons. The entire organization will hope that young third baseman many Machado will recover from his devastating knee injury that ended his season early last year. Also homegrown catching talent Matt Wieters is also in the final year of his contract. Contending in the AL east division with the Red Sox and Yankees is always tough but manager Buck Showalter has instilled confidence in his young team that they can compete with anyone.
8-20-13: The Baltimore Orioles will face the Tampa Bay rays this week and seek to make up ground toward the wild card race. The Orioles have the best slugging percentage as a team in baseball. MVP candidate Chris Davis is having an outstanding year batting.305 with 45 home runs and 115 RBIs. The Orioles are also getting consistent offense of production from 21-year-old third baseman Manny Machado. Machado is batting .296 with 11 homeruns and 50 RBIs. The week didn't start too well for the O's, who dropped their series opener to the Rays 4-3.
8/6/13 - The Baltimore Orioles are 5.5 games out of first place in division and only .5 games out of the ale wildcard race. The Orioles are 4-6 in the last 10 games. The next series will be against the San Diego Padres.
7/31/13 - The Orioles have acquired right-handed starting pitcher Bud Norris from the Astros in exchange for outfield prospect L.J. Hoes, minor-league lefty Josh Hader and the O’s competitive-balance pick.
7/24/13 - The Orioles have acquired relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers in exchange for IF Nick Delmonico. In 25 appearances for the Brewers, K-Rod has an ERA of 1.09 and a WHIP of 1.05, and is 10 for 10 in save opportunities.
7/18/13 - The Baltimore Orioles are in third place. First baseman Chris Davis has gotten off to an amazing start batting .315 With 37 home runs and 93 RBIs. Davis has put up a good full regular season's worth of offensive stats and it is only the All-Star break. At age 27 Davis is having a career year. Another bright spot on the Orioles is young third baseman Manny Machado. Manny has made sparkling plays at third base and has a hit well batting .310. The Orioles are 53 – 44 only 4.5 games out of first place. The orioles will play the Texas Rangers in Texas for a three game set.
7/7/13 - Four Baltimore Orioles, three of which are starting, have been selected as 2013 American League All Stars. Those players include first baseman Chris Davis, who leads the league with 33 home runs, shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones, and 3 baseman Manny Machado.
6/12/13 - The Baltimore orioles have continued to take on the personality of their manager Buck Showalter. This feisty young group sits in third place behind the Red Sox and Yankees at 36 and 28. For the Orioles this week contains a three-game series with the Angels Followed by a four game wraparound series with the Boston Red Sox. The Orioles made the playoffs last year and lost to the Yankees, It will be interesting to see if they can follow up and make the playoffs again.