BALTIMORE -- Mark Trumbo homered twice to back starter Chris Tillman's seven strong innings as the Orioles beat the Yankees, 4-1, and moved back into first place in the American League East on Tuesday night at Camden Yards.
After hitting a leadoff homer off Yankees starter Luis Severino in the second, Trumbo belted a two-run shot into the left-field seats in the fifth.
BALTIMORE -- Mark Trumbo has had quite the opening act in Baltimore.
Trumbo, coming off an impressive April in which he batted .337/.385/.573 with six homers and 19 RBIs, shows no signs of slowing down. The Orioles' right fielder was back at it again on Tuesday, blasting a pair of homers and driving in three runs in a 4-1 win over the Yankees.
BALTIMORE -- Despite being in first place the entire first month of the season, the Orioles knew continued success would hinge on their largely-underperforming rotation turning the corner.
Opening Day starter Chris Tillman has done exactly that. The righty, coming off a dominant nine-strikeout performance against the Rays, did the same thing Tuesday night, holding the last-place Yankees to one run on five hits and again punching out nine in the Orioles' 4-1 win.
The Orioles are adjusting on the fly without shortstop J.J. Hardy and All-Star closer Zach Britton, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi isn't discounting the potential of their American League East rivals.
"They're still extremely talented," Girardi said. "Clubs are going to go through injuries. A lot of times, it's how you handle those that determines how your year is. It's unfortunate for them, but I'm sure everyone is going to go through it at some point."
BALTIMORE -- Orioles All-Star closer Zach Britton said Monday's MRI on his left ankle revealed no structural damage, just inflammation.
"I think this week is a good timeline," Britton said of a return from the ankle sprain suffered during the ninth inning of Saturday's game. "It's not going to be today, but I'm not sure if it's going to be tomorrow or the next day."
BALTIMORE -- The realities of a 162-game season have a way of creeping in. And the Orioles and Yankees are feeling it big-time at the outset of May.
The Orioles opened 2016 with seven consecutive wins but have gone 8-10 since then, including Tuesday night's 4-1 victory over the Yankees in the opener of a three-game series at Camden Yards. And now they've lost J.J. Hardy, their starting shortstop, for at least four to six weeks, and closer Zach Britton probably for at least this series.
BALTIMORE -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy hobbled into the home clubhouse on crutches on Tuesday afternoon, with tests on Monday discovering a hairline in his left foot that put the infielder on the 15-day disabled list.
Hardy, who suffered the injury fouling a ball off his foot on Sunday, will be in a boot for two to three weeks, and he said he doesn't want to set any timeline right now. Initial estimates are that Hardy will be at least a month out from returning to the Orioles, meaning Ryan Flaherty, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk in Hardy's roster spot, will be an everyday fixture in the infield.
The Orioles' Rule 5 Draft pick has taken Baltimore by storm, earning his spot with a terrific performance in Spring Training, and he is now garnering ovations and crowd chants at Camden Yards on a near nightly basis.
Manny Machado's hot start has earned the Orioles third baseman American League Player of the Month honors for April.
Machado put together a slash line of .344/.394/.667 with 10 doubles, seven home runs, 16 RBIs, seven walks and 20 runs scored in the season's first month. The 23-year-old also committed only one error in the field while leading the AL with 33 hits.
Ubaldo, O's settle for split after falling to Sale
By Brittany Ghiroli and Todd Karpovich
BALTIMORE -- Chris Sale became the Majors' first six-game winner, keeping his unbeaten record intact with 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball and aided by a five-run Chicago fifth as the White Sox earned a split of their four-game series with the Orioles with a 7-1 win on Sunday at Camden Yards.
"We've got one win-and-loss record that matters, and it's not mine, that's for sure," Sale said. "Just got to keep rolling. We're playing great baseball against good teams. We have some tough teams to face early on. The way we've handled it and the way we've played has been great."
BALTIMORE -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy exited Sunday's 7-1 loss to the White Sox after five innings after fouling a ball off his left foot.
Hardy, who had an X-ray taken immediately, will get a CT scan on Monday and the Orioles -- who are initially calling it a left foot contusion -- will have a better idea of the situation following that scan.
BALTIMORE -- When Hyun Soo Kim first came to Baltimore and trotted out on the orange carpet, the Orioles outfielder was greeted with a smattering of boos. Following a Spring Training in which Kim hit .178 and refused an assignment to the Minor Leagues -- an option within his rights as part of the two-year, $7-million contract -- the first month of his Major League career had been largely forgettable.
At least, until Saturday night. Kim, getting just his fourth start of the season, went 3-for-4 with a run scored and his first career double in the Orioles' 8-7 loss to the White Sox.
BALTIMORE -- Orioles right-hander Hunter Harvey, ranked as their No. 1 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, has been shut down and will see a specialist as he continues to be bothered by a groin injury.
Harvey first experienced the issue in late March and the O's were extremely cautious in bringing him back to ensure he wouldn't reinjure himself or alter his mechanics. But the issue hasn't resolved itself and Harvey came in on Friday, after pitching on Thursday in extended spring, with the same sort of symptoms.
BALTIMORE -- The American League East-leading Orioles used Nolan Reimold's three-run homer to record a 6-3 win over the White Sox on Friday night at Camden Yards.
Reimold's blast came off White Sox starter Carlos Rodon and was just the third extra-base hit surrendered by the lefty all season. Jonathan Schoop also drove in a pair of runs for the Orioles, who tagged Rodon with six runs (four earned) over seven innings.
BALTIMORE -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was honored in a pregame ceremony on Friday as Jones was presented with the 2015 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award by teammate Darren O'Day.
O'Day, the O's Major League Baseball Players Association representative, handed Jones the award on-field before the Orioles' 6-3 win over White Sox. Receiving the prestigious Players' Choice Award was a special moment for Jones.
BALTIMORE -- Nolan Reimold hasn't been a regular fixture in the Orioles lineup. But when he is in there, the outfielder knows how to make his presence felt.
Reimold, lauded for his on-base capabilities, has worked some of the team's best at-bats and come up big on several defensive and baserunning plays. But on Friday night it was his power stroke that stood out as Reimold's three-run, seventh-inning homer catapulted the O's to a 6-3 win over the White Sox.
The Orioles have signed veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez to a Minor League contract, the team announced on Friday.
The 37-year-old was a free agent. The Astros had signed Rodriguez to a Minor League deal this offseason, but Rodriguez did not make the Major League roster out of Spring Training after posting a 3.95 ERA in 13 2/3 Grapefruit League innings.
Machado, Davis, Trumbo lead way with homers, as Jones also gets into act
By Kevin Dunleavy
Special to MLB.com |
BALTIMORE -- It was a raw, blustery 48 degrees for the first pitch Thursday at Camden Yards. But that didn't keep the hitters of the Baltimore Orioles from breaking out on their return to their home park.
After scoring five runs in their last four road games, three of them losses, the Orioles pounded out 15 hits and three home runs -- including a Manny Machado grand slam -- in a 10-2 romp over the streaking Chicago White Sox.
O's third baseman showing why he's among MLB's elite players
By Richard Justice
At times, Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado makes the game look ridiculously easy, and maybe that's why we've been so slow to recognize his greatness.
Let's cut to the chase. This is one of the 10 best baseball players on the planet, and that's not even a stretch. One of the things this fast start by the Orioles (13-8) has done is turn a spotlight on Machado.
By Kevin Dunleavy and Elliott Smith
Special to MLB.com |
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles found familiar Camden Yards the remedy for their offensive woes Thursday night, as Manny Machado hit a grand slam and Baltimore snapped the White Sox six-game winning streak with a 10-2 victory.
After scoring five runs in their previous four games -- all on the road -- the Orioles collected 15 hits. Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo blasted back-to-back home runs in the third inning, when Baltimore took the lead for good against losing pitcher John Danks (0-4).
BALTIMORE -- There is no timetable for the return of starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday before Baltimore played the Chicago White Sox in the opener of a four-game series.
Gallardo, a 30-year-old right-hander who went on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with tendinitis in his right shoulder and biceps, has been doing "cuff exercises," Showalter said. Gallardo has been pain-free, but Showalter said it was too early to project when Gallardo could begin throwing.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Where has the Orioles' high-powered offense gone?
A group that stormed out of Spring Training scoring three or more runs in 13 of the first 14 games -- including two nine-run spots and one that reached 11 -- has begun squandering some solid pitching performances. The end result, Tuesday's 3-1 series loss to the Rays, has Baltimore reeling, dropping four of its last five games.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Kiermaier's two-run homer paved the way for a 3-1 Rays win over the Orioles on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
Kiermaier, who made an acrobatic run-into-the-wall catch in the first, was scuffling on offense. He'd popped out and grounded out in his previous two at-bats against Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez when he stepped to the plate with two outs in the sixth and a runner aboard. After falling behind 0-2, he connected on Jimenez's third pitch and deposited the ball into the right-field stands to give him his third home run of the season and the Rays a 3-1 lead.