BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' bullpen backed an impressive day for a pair of rookie starters, Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright, throwing six innings (out of seven) of scoreless relief during Thursday's doubleheader.
"We knew we were good, we knew we were talented. It was just a matter of time," said right-hander Darren O'Day, who tossed a perfect eighth in Game 2's 6-3 win over the White Sox. "The longer our starters go, the better. It's a talented bullpen, and we will continue to get better."
BALTIMORE -- Rookie Tyler Wilson had an impressive first career Major League start.
Wilson -- ranked by MLB.com as the Orioles' No. 8 prospect and recalled from Triple-A before the game -- went six solid innings, allowing two runs on five hits in the Orioles' 3-2 loss to the White Sox in Thursday's Game 1 of a doubleheader.
After having their first series in Baltimore relocated to Tropicana Field, the Rays and Orioles will play each other at Camden Yards for the first time in 2015 when they start a three-game series Friday.
Nathan Karns (3-2, 3.71 ERA) will take the mound for the Rays after giving up two runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in his last start against the Athletics on Saturday. In two starts away from Tropicana Field, the right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA.
Davis strikes again to give late hope, but O's fall
By Brittany Ghiroli and Connor Smolensky
BALTIMORE -- Chicago ace Chris Sale was dominant, spoiling Orioles rookie Tyler Wilson's impressive first Major League start and striking out 12 in the White Sox 3-2 Game 1 win over Baltimore on Thursday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Sale went 7 2/3 scoreless innings, tallying a season high in strikeouts and holding the O's to just four singles. Baltimore didn't get on the board until Chris Davis' two-run homer -- his third in two games -- off reliever Zach Duke in the ninth.
BALTIMORE -- Kevin Gausman (right shoulder tendinitis) will throw to hitters on Friday and throw a side session Sunday before traveling to Houston with the Orioles to continue his rehab.
The plan is for Gausman to throw a two-inning simulated game in Houston -- around 45 pitches -- before likely joining Triple-A Norfolk to throw three innings on June 6. Assuming all goes well, Gausman will throw four innings on June 11 and then be re-evaluated.
BALTIMORE -- A struggling Orioles offense got a huge lift from Chris Davis Wednesday night as the slugger homered twice to power Baltimore to a 5-4 victory and a series win over the Astros.
Davis turned in his first multi-homer game of the season, going deep for a two-run homer in the fourth and a go-ahead solo shot in the bottom of the eighth off Houston reliever Tony Sipp after the Astros had rallied to tie the game with three runs in the seventh.
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles announced the signing of Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old Miranda pitched professionally in Cuba from 2007-14, posting a 22-25 record, 3.78 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 80 appearances (64 starts). He struck out 274 batters and walked 151 in 386 innings and could help the Orioles as early as later this season.
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MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player
By Mark Newman
Today's schedule starts with a White Sox-Orioles doubleheader that makes up the games that were postponed last month in Baltimore, and then a Corey Kluber-vs.-Nelson Cruz matchup that headlines six more games to follow. Along the way, you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since the first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league in 2002.
Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.
BALTIMORE -- Matt Wieters was at Camden Yards on Wednesday, a day after making his rehab debut, and said he will continue to catch on an an every-other-day basis for the foreseeable future.
Asked when he might start to progress toward being behind the plate consecutive days, Wieters, who is coming off Tommy John surgery last June and will be activated from the disabled list around June 4, said that will be based off feel.
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles had hoped scoring four runs in Monday's Memorial Day win would be enough to push the struggling offense over the hump. But Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Astros saw the bats go right back into hiding.
Baltimore had five hits, three of which belonged to Jimmy Paredes, on Tuesday and have now scored just seven runs over its last 40 innings. Take away Paredes and the O's, who have scored two or fewer runs in three of their last four games, were 2-for-25 off Houston starter Scott Feldman.
BALTIMORE -- Orioles fans can help send Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Caleb Joseph to this summer's All-Star Game, as the trio were among the American League leaders released on Tuesday.
Jones ranks fourth among AL outfielders with 981,926 votes and Machado is also fourth among third baseman with 266,746. Joseph, who is vying for his first All-Star selection, ranks fifth among catchers in the first week of published results with 205,568.
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk and designated Ryan Lavarnway for assignment on Tuesday.
Clevenger played in 35 games with the Orioles last season, batting .225 with eight doubles, a triple and eight RBIs. The 29-year-old played in 27 games with Triple-A Norfolk in 2015, and hit .352 with three doubles, two home runs and 14 RBIs.
BALTIMORE -- When someone stops Brenda Scott on the sidewalk and asks for some money to get food, she generally provides them with it.
Scott, a local West Baltimore resident, has needed assistance in the past and received help from others, so she tries to reciprocate whenever possible. On Tuesday, it was the Orioles who were giving back when they paired with the Maryland Food Bank to host a food distribution event at William Pinderhughes Elementary in West Baltimore.
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles got good news on one of their top pitching prospects on Tuesday. Dylan Bundy -- who was shut down with tendinitis -- does not have any structural damage in his right shoulder.
O's manager Buck Showalter said Bundy won't need an MRI or any other tests, though he will take some time off. Bundy was originally slated to start for Double-A Bowie on Tuesday, but he was scratched. The Orioles are being cautious with the 22-year-old Bundy, who had Tommy John surgery in June 2013.
By Brian McTaggart and Connor Smolensky
BALTIMORE -- Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce each hit two-run home runs to send Astros ace Dallas Keuchel to his first loss since last August in the Orioles' 4-3 win in the series opener on Monday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Joseph lined a 1-1 pitch in the second inning into the first row of left-field seats to put the Orioles ahead, 2-0, and Pearce sent the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning over the wall in right-center to put Baltimore on top, 4-3.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
O's shortstop was lifted as a precaution due to tightness
By Connor Smolensky
BALTIMORE -- Shortstop J.J. Hardy exited the O's 4-3 win against the Astros on Monday after the seventh inning with back tightness, but it doesn't appear to be anything serious.
Hardy said that his back was tight from the bed he slept on during the team's three-game series in Miami, and he was removed from the game after manager Buck Showalter saw how he was moving on the basepaths. Hardy hit a one-out single in the seventh, then he was out at second when Caleb Joseph hit into an inning-ending double play.
Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Matusz gets 8-game suspension, opts to appeal
By Connor Smolensky
BALTIMORE -- Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz has been suspended eight games for having a foreign substance on his arm in Saturday's game against the Marlins, Major League Baseball announced on Monday.
Matusz has appealed the suspension, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter is unsure of when the process will take place. Brewers pitcher Will Smith was suspended eight games for the same offense on Friday, but he has yet to get a verdict on his appeal.