8-20-14: The Orioles have the biggest division lead in all of baseball. They are currently 8.5 games up on the New York Yankees and nine games up on the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East standings. Losing star Manny Machado to a knee sprain hurts. However, the recent offensive surge of Jonathan Schoop could soften the blow of the Machado loss a bit. It's still all about starting pitching for the Orioles heading into the postseason.
8-19-14: The Baltimore Orioles received a scare with third baseman Manny Machado as he left a game this week against the New York Yankees with a twisted right knee. This was not the knee that kept him out of time last season and this season and required surgery in the offseason. X rays did not reveal any ligament damage so the Orioles dodged a huge bullet but will still be without their third baseman for the foreseeable future. Finally the Orioles received a minor victory in the courts this week regarding the dispute with the Washington Nationals over the MASN Network. A litigator announced that the Nationals could not demand increased rights and fees over the television network.
8-13-14: The Orioles have won six straight series. They beat the Angels and Mariners both at home and on the road before taking down the Blue Jays in Toronto and the Cardinals at home last week. Their game with the Yankees on Tuesday was suspended due to rain and will be made up on Sept. 12th. Baltimore currently holds a 6.5 game lead in the AL East over Toronto. Caleb Joseph became the first Orioles catcher and first Orioles rookie to homer in five straight games last week.
8-12-14: The Baltimore Orioles started the month by looking for some starting pitching depth and ultimately signed lefty Joe Saunders to a minor league deal to stash in Triple-A. Clay Rapada was released as the corresponding roster move for Saunders and will look to latch on with yet another team after bouncing around the league since his strong 2012 season with the New York Yankees. Speaking the Yankees they released long time Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts last week and Baltimore announced that they have no interest in a reunion with the switch hitter. Another player that could be a former Oriole is JJ Hardy who is set to be a free agent at the end of this season and has not had any discussions with the team regarding an extension.
8-6-14: Three solo home runs gave the Baltimore Orioles the major league lead in home runs, and helped them extend their lead atop the AL East. Chris Davis homered and Caleb Joseph and Jonathan Schoop also went deep back to back as the O’s beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-3 Tuesday. The Orioles moved five games ahead of second-place Toronto. The three homers moved Baltimore ahead of Jays for the big league lead. The Orioles have hit 136 homers this season, one more than the Blue Jays.
8-5-14: The Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals are in the middle of a dispute over the jointly owned Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. The jointly owned television channel has been heavily disputed by both teams and the battle will head to litigation. The Orioles are leading the American League East by a comfortable margin this season but surprisingly were quiet at this year’s trading deadline. The Orioles did acquire left handed reliever Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox for a minor league pitcher but made no significant additions to the team. The Orioles feel they have enough to win the division and will instead look to make marginal upgrades during the August waiver trading deadline.
7-30-14: The Baltimore Orioles have inquired about the Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester this week. While Baltimore is not likely to trade away Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Hunter Harvey, or Eduardo Rodriguez they may be willing to part with one or more of their pitchers to acquire the rental. The Orioles were also in attendance for the latest Cuban defecting showcase as Rusney Castillo worked out for 28 teams across Major League Baseball. Baltimore liked what they saw so much this weekend in Miami that the team is arranging a private workout for the 27 year old outfielder. The Orioles continue to hold onto the top spot in the American League East division with a 58-46 record which is good for a three game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays and a four game lead over the New York Yankees.
7-28-14: Although some of Baltimore’s divisional foes have played very well since the All-Star break, the Orioles have kept a healthy lead in the American League East. With their two victories to begin their series against the Seattle Mariners, they have won four of their last five games. On Thursday, Wei-Yin Chen threw eight scoreless innings to win his fourth straight start.
7-24-14: Miguel Gonzalez took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning, Jonathan Schoop hit a home run and J.J. Hardy hit two RBI doubles as the Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Tuesday night. Zach Britton pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 21 chances. Britton has allowed eight runs and fanned 27 in 29 1/3 innings over 29 appearances since taking over as closer in mid-May. The O’s have a four game lead over New York and Toronto atop the AL East.
7-21-14: The Baltimore Orioles have traded first baseman Brett Wallace back to the Toronto Blue Jays this week for a marginal return that has yet to be reported. The Orioles have also had discussions with the Philadelphia Phillies this week regarding starting pitcher AJ Burnett. Burnett would add a serious veteran presence to the mound as the Orioles make a playoff push. Burnett has limited no trade protection and a very complicated player mutual option for the 2015 season that could pay him at least $7.5 million in 2015 if he decides to keep pitching. Burnett has AL East experience with the New York Yankees and his family lives in Maryland so this may be a perfect fit for both sides.
7-19-14: For the first time since 1997, the Orioles came out of the All-Star break with the American League East’s best record. Even though they allowed the Oakland Athletics to walk off with a 5-4 victory on Friday as Zach Britton gave up a three-run home run to Josh Donaldson, Baltimore still owns a four-game lead in the division.
7-17-14: Picked by many to win the AL pennant, the Rays have been among the biggest disappointments of the first half. They've been playing much better of late, and a series win over the Blue Jays last weekend has them riding a 13-5 streak into the All-Star break. David Price was expected to be the prize of the trade deadline back when Tampa was sitting on the worst record in baseball. The first couple weeks of the second half could play a major role in his future with the franchise.
7-17-14: With series wins over the Nationals and Yankees to close out the first half, the Orioles have now won seven of their last eight series played. That has given them a four-game lead in the AL East at the break. Kevin Gausman could be poised for a big second half after posting a 2.36 ERA in his last six starts. Chris Davis and Manny Machado both fell well short of expectations in the first half, but the offense held its own. If both Davis and Machado can get things going, the O’s could be the favorites in the AL East.
7-15-14: The Baltimore Orioles are said to be in the market for a starting pitcher and seem like the likeliest landing spot for Baltimore native and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher AJ Burnett. AJ has AL East experience with the New York Yankees and has first place experience with the Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates. Ubaldo Jimenez has been placed on the 15 day DL with a sprained ankle so Burnett would be a welcomed addition if the Orioles would pay the salary and the prospect package to Philadelphia. The Orioles especially need some depth as Randy Wolf has opted out of his deal and has cleared out his locker in Triple-A to end the week. The Orioles sit at 51-42 at the All Star Break to sit at first place at the break for the first time since 1997. That team won the division that season in case you were wondering.
7-14-14: Recently, the Orioles have had some important extra-inning victories that have helped them extend their lead in the American League East. Although they have had some postponements, Baltimore’s clutch hitting has not been affected. Manny Machado, whose bat has been scorching over the past couple of weeks, scored the game-winning run on Friday.
7-10-14: The Orioles came into Tuesday night’s game in Washington having won seven of their last eight. However, rain postponed the game until Aug. 4. The crosstown rivals will continue the home-and-home series in Baltimore on Wednesday night. Bud Norris, who was activated from the disabled list, will start Wednesday. The O’s currently have a 2 ½ game lead over Toronto atop the AL East.
7-7-14: The Orioles are on the verge of their longest winning streak of 2014. However, the Boston weather is not making things easy on Buck Showalter’s squad. With their July 4 game being postponed, the Orioles take on the Red Sox in a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. Steve Pearce, who is on his way to several new single-season career-highs this year, led Baltimore to a four-game sweep of the Texas Rangers earlier in the week.
7-3-14: Nelson Cruz hit his 26th home run on his 34th birthday, as the Orioles breezed past the struggling Texas Rangers 8-3 Tuesday night. In five career games on his birthday, Cruz is 7 for 19 with two homers. This was Cruz’s third home run in his last seven games. He’s now only seven short of his career high of 33, set in 2009 with Texas. Steven Pearce and Caleb Joseph also went deep for the Orioles, who will at least get a split of the four-game series after winning the first two. The O’s are just one game back of Toronto for the AL East lead.
7-2-14: The Baltimore Orioles have a decision looming on outfielder Nolan Reimold. Reimold is hitting .326/.433/.522 at Double-A and has an opt-out clause built into his contract. If Reimold is not added to the active roster by Monday he will either be released or placed on waivers where he would likely be claimed after a strong season.
6-30-14: The Orioles will finally finish a full month above .500. By splitting their doubleheader with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, the birds clinched their first month above .500 in exactly one year. On Wednesday, Nelson Cruz’s game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning helped Baltimore get to extra innings and steal the win.
6-26-14: Miguel Gonzalez fell to 4-5 on the year as the Orioles were defeated by the White Sox 4-2 Tuesday night. Gonzalez gave up three runs and a career-high tying nine hits in five innings of work for Buck Showalter’s club. This was his second start since returning from a 17-day stint on the disabled list with a strained right oblique. For the second straight game he failed to get into the sixth inning. Manny Machado will have a hearing Wednesday on his appeal of a five-game suspension for throwing a bat on the field.
6-24-14: The Baltimore Orioles got the news they never wanted to get when they learned that catcher Matt Weiters would have to undergo Tommy John surgery on his ailing throwing elbow. Weiters had originally tried to rehab and rest the elbow while being a designated hitter but ultimately could not avoid going under the knife. Weiters will miss the rest of the 2014 season and is expected to be out of baseball for at least nine months. The Orioles ruined Tino Martinez Day at Yankee Stadium by clobbering their American League East rivals and even beat Masahiro Tanaka on Old Timers Day in the Bronx to take two of three from one of the teams they are chasing in the East.
6-18-14: The Orioles are thankful for instant replay at least for one night. Chris Davis hit a replay-delayed grand slam as the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 on Tuesday night. Davis was awarded the grand slam off Rays starter Erik Bedard during a five-run third-inning after video review showed his drive struck the foul pole. Davis now has three career grand slams. Baltimore C Matt Wieters had season-ending right elbow ligament replacement surgery. The O’s are four games back of Toronto for the AL East lead.
6-17-14: The Baltimore Orioles got a bit of bad news regarding Matt Weiters and his throwing program while trying to avoid surgery and rehab the injury. Reports state that the rehab is not going well and it is looking more and more likely that Weiters will not be able to avoid surgery this season. The Orioles are also said to be interested in moving designated hitter Delmon Young in a deal as he has lost most of his playing time to first basemen Steve Pearce. Young is batting .286/.318/.369 this season and may provide some pop off an American League team’s bench this summer.
6-10-14: The Baltimore Orioles may have gotten the best bang for their buck this offseason, literally, with the signing of Nelson Cruz. Cruz is leading the major leagues through the first two months of the season with 20 home runs after declining a qualifying offer and signing a one year deal worth $8 million with Baltimore. Cruz has overtaken David Ortiz of the Red Sox in All Star Game voting for the designated hitter, a position Ortiz has held for quite some time now. The Orioles also purchased the contract of Johan Santana and immediately added him to the 15 day disabled list to keep him from exercising his opt out clause in his minor league contract. The Orioles were the only team that did not have a draft pick on the first day of the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft on Thursday but they did draft Bobby Bonilla’s son Brandon Bonilla late in the draft. The Orioles also lost Johan Santana for the rest of the season after tearing his Achilles tendon, at least it wasn’t a third shoulder capsule.
6-3-14: The Baltimore Orioles are said to be showing the most interest, albeit in a very early market, for Cubs starting pitcher and ERA leader Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs had one of their top talent evaluators at one of Hunter Harvey’s, a prospect in the Orioles system, starts in Class-A Ball. The Orioles lost one of their minor league arms with major league experience as reliever Luis Ayala has opted out of his minor league deal and will look for a major league deal elsewhere. The Orioles will look to restock the farm from either a Samardzija trade or the loss of Ayala through the draft but that is going to be increasingly difficult after giving up three draft picks in this year’s draft to acquire Ubaldo Jimenez, Nelson Cruz, and Bud Norris. The Orioles will not have a pick until the third round and will only have $2.2 million in cap room to sign players this season.
5-28-14: The Baltimore Orioles are still looking for a bat to help the club with the shoulder injury to catcher Matt Weiters that will keep him from catching for the rest of the season. Kendrys Morales makes less sense now than he did three weeks ago now that Weiters will have to be the Orioles designated hitter for the rest of the season. The Orioles filled the hole a bit with the acquisition of Nick Hundley from the San Diego Padres for relief pitcher Troy Patton. Last week we spoke of the Orioles being willing to trade Patton for a catcher to replace Weiters and it seems that Hundley will now be the starting catcher in Baltimore. The Orioles have to pay the rest of his $4 million in salary this season and own a $5 million club option on Hundley for the 2015 season.
5-21-14: The Baltimore Orioles took a step in the direction of nailing down their bullpen by signing recently designated for assignment closer Heath Bell to a minor league deal. Bell was a member of the Tampa Bay rays and will now spend time in Triple-A for the Orioles in an effort to try and revive his career. The Orioles have a shaky bullpen and are still trading first place with the New York Yankees in a battle at the top of the American League East division. Currently the Orioles have a 22-20 record and are one half game behind New York for first place in the division.
5-15-14: The Baltimore Orioles are
starting to distance themselves from the pack in the American league East after two weeks of May baseball. The Orioles spent some time in the cellar of the division so the team has definitely rallied behind Buck Schowalter and company and righted the ship. The O's are even doing it without Matt Weiters behind the plate who has been assigned to DH duties only after an elbow injury has prevented him from throwing the baseball. Baltimore has made relief pitcher Troy Patton available for a suitable backup catcher to replace Weiters on the roster. The Orioles do have some good injury news though as third basemen Manny Machado is ready to start hitting doubles all over the field once again very soon.
5-7-14: The Baltimore Orioles are struggling for consistency in the American League East division and are still looking at upgrading the team via free agency as evident by their recent discussions with free agent Kendrys Morales. Morales, much like fellow Scott Boras client Stephen Drew, is still looking for a job after turning down a qualifying offer this offseason and being linked to draft pick compensation if he signs before June 2014. All in all though the Orioles are right in the thick of things for a playoff spot and a division title after the first month of the season after a strong start to the year by free agent to be Matt Weiters and Nelson Cruz. The Orioles have gotten encouraging news from their farm system as well with Johan Santana who is working his way back from a second torn shoulder capsule in his throwing shoulder. Santana is hitting 88-89 MPH on the radar gun which is not that far off from his 89.6 MPH average he had in 2010 when he threw 199 innings and had a 2.98 ERA.
4-28-14: The Baltimore Orioles are running out of time with their young group of core players and the opportunity to win may be closing. Players such as JJ Hardy and Matt Weiters for example are free agents after this season and the Orioles show no signs of signing them to long term extensions after a month of the 2014 season. The Orioles have instead been turning their attention to free agents such as Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew lately, both Scott Boras clients and both still linked to draft pick compensation. While nothing has materialized from the discussions it looks likely that the Orioles are feeling the "win now" pressure and are willing to open the wallet just a little to compete in the American League East division this season and beyond. Vote for your favorite Baltimore Orioles and send them to the MLB All Star Game as voting has opened up this week to the fans.
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.